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April 08, 2009

Shared Health Offers IT Tools to Hospitals

Shared Health of Chattanooga, Tenn. with one of the nation's largest public/private Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), announced that it will offer its health information technology (IT) tools to hospitals across the country.
"With hospitals suffering from the healthcare crisis and economic downturn, but still looking for ways to increase revenue and keep their doors open, Shared Health's hospital-based system will provide a new, cost-effective way of doing business within the community and nationwide," said Jana Skewes, chief executive officer of Shared Health.

Shared Health's HIE knowledge will be integrated into hospital systems allowing them to connect to their community network of referring physicians, while offering physicians’ capabilities such as ePrescribe, Clinical Decision Support (CDS), and clinical health records.
In a recent report, according to company officials, only 1.5 percent of U.S. hospitals have “a comprehensive electronic-records system in place, this offering will help increase that adoption rate. “
Shared Health's system is interoperable and compatible with all current systems and easy to implement, leveraging the hospital's existing technology capital, officials said.
"Shared Health is poised to utilize its knowledge and experience in this industry to help bring the hospital-based systems to the forefront of technology adoption to provide better, cost-effective medical care."
The Shared Health system’s focus is to increase referrals to the hospital through immediate connectivity between all stakeholders. With this system integrated, hospitals would have no delays in obtaining vital patient information, especially in the emergency room, and integrates treatment guidelines into the data offering more standardized care and healthier patient outcomes.
The technology connects a hospital’s information systems to Shared Health's HIE and other provider locations as determined by the hospital. Once a patient is treated at the hospital, all health data is automatically sent to the Shared Health HIE.
Then, once the patient arrives at his/her physician's office, a Shared Health Clinical Health Record (CHR) is available in real-time to the physician enabling informed decisions and an uninterrupted continuum of care for the patient.
Company officials say that the end result is integrated, uninterrupted health care for patients and more satisfied, collaborative physicians with two-way data.
The implementation of this system will hopefully in the end, not only aid in hospital patient care but also cut down on medical mistakes made by miscommunication.

Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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