HealthONE Connects Eight Hospitals to CORHIO Network

Date: January 14th, 2015Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems

Metro Denver’s largest health system is now sending data into the Health Information Exchange (HIE), enabling better care coordination for thousands of Colorado residents.

HealthONE’s eight Denver-area hospitals have successfully connected to the CORHIO network. The hospitals include The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and Swedish Medical Center. Combined, the hospitals accounted for more than 1.2 million patient encounters in the last year. HealthONE is a subsidiary of HCA.

HealthONE Connection to Improve Provider to Provider Communication

Now that the connection with CORHIO is complete, when a patient is hospitalized at a HealthONE hospital, important health information is automatically available to the patient’s care providers (if they are participants on the CORHIO network). This immediate communication helps the patient’s care team better track his or her medical needs, which can prevent repeat hospitalizations and unnecessary testing.

Craig Hospital in Englewood has been a part of the CORHIO HIE network since July 2013 and is pleased that HealthONE is now connected. "When a patient comes to Craig Hospital from Swedish or one of the other HealthONE hospitals for their spinal cord or brain injury rehabilitation, we will be able to quickly and accurately retrieve records from the referring physician and hospital,“ says Thomas E. Balazy, MD, medical director at Craig Hospital. “Results will be instantly available, allowing us to devise the best treatment plan in a timely manner, without the delay of waiting for records or test results. The patient can be confident that all providers are looking at the same information housed within a secure environment."

“We are pleased that our eight hospitals are now part of the CORHIO network,” says Sylvia Young, president of the HealthONE system of hospitals. “The health information exchange has a robust membership and it will help the providers in the network share patient information quickly and accurately. That will benefit patients as well as hospitals and physicians.”

Milestone Achievement for HIE Network

With the addition of the HealthONE hospitals, 21 of the metro area’s 23 acute-care hospitals are now actively exchanging patient information on the CORHIO network.

"I am thrilled that HealthONE is now officially part of the CORHIO network," says Morgan Honea, chief executive officer at CORHIO. “HealthONE is one of Colorado’s largest health systems, so the impact of their participation — in terms of numbers of patients who will benefit — is enormous.”

For CORHIO participants who wish to receive HealthONE data through your EHR:Over the next few months, a CORHIO representative will contact you to discuss an interface change to allow you to receive HealthONE data. Lab results are not included among the data HealthONE is transmitting to CORHIO at this time, though we expect this to be complete by spring 2015. With the exception of lab results, HealthONE data is now currently available within the searchable PatientCare 360® Web portal (also known as the Community Health Record).