Keystone Health Information Exchange Expands To Include Heart Monitoring
 

 

Doctors  in  emergency  departments  across  central  and  northeast

 Pennsylvania  are  now   able  to  utilize  the  Keystone  Health  Information

 Exchange  (KeyHIE®)  to

 access  a  patient’s  heart  monitoring  results  from  Geisinger  wherever  or  whenever  the  patient  receives  care.

“Providing  physicians  with  nearly  real-time  information  about  a  patient’s

 heart  condition,  including  results  from  ECGs,  Holter  monitoring  and

 stress  tests,  is  critical  to  ensuring  a  patient  receives  the  right  care  at  the

 right  time,”  said  Charles  Sawyer,  M.

D.,  chief  health  information  officer,  Geisinger  Health  System. Dr.  Sawyer  said  the  idea  is  to  create  a

 seamless  information  exchange  between  primary  care  physicians,  specialists,

 inpatient  caretakers  and  back  to  the  primary  care  physician  following

 treatment.  Home  health  or  long  term  care  providers  can  also  be  included

 in  the  information  exchange  when  necessary.

“Achieving  a  seamless  health  information  exchange  requires  an  interface

 engine  and  connectors,  as  well  as  software  that  allows  different  electronic

 medical  records  to  talk  to

 each  other,”  said  Jim  Younkin,  director,  KeyHIE.  “We  expect  KeyHIE  to  include  heart  monitoring  results

 from  non–Geisinger,  KeyHIE-participating  hospitals  in  the  coming  months.”

KeyHIE  is  one  of  the  nation’s  oldest  and  largest  computer-based  health  information  exchanges  in  the   U. S.  Founded  in  2005,  the  Keystone  Health  Information  Exchange  serves  more  than  4  million  patients  through

 a  network  of  22  hospitals,  174  physician  practices,  28  home  health

 locations  and  61  long-term  care  facilities  in  more  than  53  Pennsylvania

 counties.  It  ensures  patient  health  information,  such  as  drug

 allergies,  prescriptions,  medical  conditions  and  lab  and  test  results  is

 available  to  healthcare  providers  participating  in  the  patient’s  care.

Additionally,  KeyHIE  has  formed  partnerships  with  hundreds  of

 participating  providers,  offering  patient-consented  access  to  more  than

 4.5  million  electronic  health  records  through  a  single  online  login.

KeyHIE  follows  strict  patient  privacy  and  safety  standards  and  participation

 requires  patient  consent. “Right  now,  more  people  need  to

 know  about  KeyHIE’s  ability  to  provide  critical  health  information  when

 and  where  it  is  needed  to  ensure  patients  get  the  best  care  possible,”  said

 Younkin.    “Obviously  the  more  active  users  we  have,  the  better  for  everyone.”

To  find  out  more  about  KeyHIE,  visit  www.keyhie.org KeyHIE  is  a  secure,

 web-based  health  information  exchange  linking  hospitals,  long  term  care

 facilities,  home  health  agencies,  community  health  clinics/offices  and

 other  healthcare  professionals  to  ensure  a  patient’s  health  information  is

 accessible  whenever  or  wherever  it’s  needed  to  deliver  care.