Archbold to launch Health Information Exchange

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Archbold to launch Health Information Exchange

Technological advances benefiting both patients and physicians

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The age of technology has had great impact on the delivery of healthcare, from surgical advancements with daVinci robotic surgery to inpatient bedside bar coding for increasing patient safety.  And now, technology has arrived at Archbold that primarily focuses on medical information and easier access to patient information.

In early 2013, Archbold plans to launch ArchHIE, a Health Information Exchange (HIE) that will improve efficiency, convenience and communication for patients and physicians.

An HIE is a database tool, organized according to national standards, that allows different electronic health record systems to communicate with one another.  HIE refers to both the hardware and software that stores the data and the process that delivers the information.

From the provider perspective, HIE improves clinical care when physicians and clinicians have rapid access to current medical information. The technology will also further reduce the likelihood of duplicate tests, allergic reactions and adverse drug interactions.

Clinicians may access information that could include medical history, doctor visits and hospital stays, previous and current diagnoses, past procedures, medications, radiology results and other pertinent records. 

While Archbold and other health systems throughout the country are adopting HIE technology to meet federal Meaningful Use requirements for electronic medical records, patients may choose to opt out of allowing their information to flow into the HIE to be available to their caregivers.  No matter the decision, the same level of patient care will be delivered, and insurance eligibility will not be affected.

“ArchHIE allows providers to quickly and securely access their patients’ information” said Archbold Chief Information Officer Tracy Gray. “While HIE technology promises to improve care coordination between healthcare entities, the ultimate goal is to improve the patient experience.”