Twelve Centura Health Hospitals Now Connected with CORHIO Health Information Exchange

Date: November 9th, 2011Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems

Centura’s 6,000 Physician Partners Across Colorado Can Now Connect to HIE to Instantly Receive Important Patient Information, Discharge Notifications

Centura Health recently began using a new communications campaign called Centura Connected—and now that campaign has an even deeper meaning.

Centura is Colorado’s largest hospital and health care system, and the newest health care organization to connect its facilities to the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE). Twelve acute care hospitals are now sending patient information through CORHIO’s secure network.

“CORHIO’s network provides access to clinical information that facilitates the collaboration of patient care between our health system and physician practices,” said Centura Health co-chief medical information officer, Dr. Jeffrey Sippel. “By exchanging and using health information to make informed decisions at the point of care, Centura providers can improve health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of patients in Colorado.”

The 12 Centura Health hospitals connected to the CORHIO HIE are located in five communities:

Boulder County:

  • Avista Adventist Hospital, Louisville

Colorado Springs:

  • Penrose Hospital
  • St. Francis Medical Center

Denver Metro:

  • Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton
  • OrthoColorado Hospital, Lakewood
  • Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker
  • Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver
  • St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood
  • St. Anthony North Hospital, Westminster

Pueblo/Southern Colorado:

  • St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo
  • St. Thomas More Hospital, Cañon City

Summit County:

  • St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Frisco

Through use of CORHIO's network, physicians and other medical care providers will have instant access to important health information about their patients, including hospital discharge notifications, lab test and pathology results, x-ray, MRI and other imaging reports and physician transcription reports. Later, the network is scheduled to be upgraded to include patient medication lists, allergies and immunizations as well as lab and imaging orders. The data available to medical professionals about each patient in the network will grow each time they visit their physician and additional information is recorded electronically.

HIE: Enhancing Care & Improving Value

“Regardless of whether a provider is a community-based physician or working in a hospital, the HIE is a vehicle that enables all Centura providers to effectively communicate, greatly enhancing the care of patients across our state,” said Sippel.

“Connecting Centura Health’s electronic health record to CORHIO’s health information exchange allows us to improve health care value through better coordination of care,” said Dana Moore, Centura Health’s senior vice president and chief information officer. “By linking physicians, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home care services, we are ultimately touching more Coloradans and contributing collectively to sustaining the health of our state for generations to come.”

In its most recent fiscal year, the Centura Health system had more than 83,000 patient admissions, more than 908,000 outpatient visits and nearly 344,000 ER visits.

More information about CORHIO HIE services can be found here, or you can contact CORHIO online or by phone at (720) 285-3200.