CORHIO Officially Launches HIE

Date: April 13th, 2011Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems

11 Hospitals and 210+ Office-Based Physicians Have Now Joined CORHIO HIE

The CORHIO health information exchange (HIE) officially launched this month with 11 medical practices, 11 hospitals and 4 community mental health centers having committed to join CORHIO's HIE. By connecting to the secure network, physicians and other medical care providers will have access to important health information about their patients, including lab test and pathology results, x-ray, MRI and other imaging reports and physician transcription reports.

Later this year, the network will 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-either in the provider's electronic health record (EHR) or through the PatientCare 360°™ Web-based portal included with every HIE subscription.

"Colorado health care providers are known for being collaborative and patient-focused, and the diversity of providers making the commitment to join CORHIO's community-based health information exchange illustrates this well-deserved reputation," said Janice Whittleton, director of business development and outreach at CORHIO. "These first providers are leading the way by paving new ground in effectively using technology to communicate across the community to transform patient care."

Physician practices that have signed agreements with CORHIO include:

  • Alpine Urology
  • Colorado Springs Health Partners (CSHP)
  • Comprehensive Family Care Center
  • Gastroenterology of the Rockies
  • Dr. Daniel Jinich
  • Miramont Family Medicine
  • Mountain View Medical Group
  • Pikes Peak Nephrology
  • Skin Care Now
  • Spruce Street Internal Medicine
  • Urology Center of the Rockies

Hospitals that have signed agreements include:

  • Boulder Community Hospital
  • Boulder Community Foothills Hospital
  • The Children's Hospital
  • East Morgan County Hospital (Banner Health System)
  • Longmont United Hospital
  • McKee Medical Center (Banner Health System)
  • Memorial Hospital Central (Memorial Health System)
  • Memorial Hospital North (Memorial Health System)
  • Northern Colorado Medical Center (Banner Health System)
  • Parkview Medical Center
  • Sterling Regional MedCenter (Banner Health System)

Four southern Colorado mental health centers - affiliated with Sycare - have also signed with CORHIO and they include:

  • San Luis Valley Community Mental Health Center
  • Southeast Mental Health Services
  • Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center
  • West Central Mental Health Center

(visit the CORHIO Participating Providers page for practice/hospital locations and more details)

Boulder Community Hospital was the first to connect to the health information exchange network. Because it was the first to connect, the hospital will begin exchanging data with other hospitals and physician practices when those entities "go live" on CORHIO's Health Information Exchange network, projected to occur in early summer.

"Boulder Community Hospital is very excited to be the first hospital in Colorado to begin sending patient data to CORHIO," said Dr. Valerie Lipetz, chief medical officer for the hospital's affiliated physician clinics. "We will soon be joined by hospitals and physicians around the state who are working cooperatively to provide Colorado citizens with safer and more cost-effective patient care through our statewide health information exchange."