PEORIA, Ill. — Six OSF Healthcare System Hospitals in Illinois, in addition to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, have joined the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange (CIHIE).
The hospitals include OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford; OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington; OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg; OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa; OSF Saint James — John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac; and OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth.
Health information exchange allows the secure sharing of select patient medical information across different providers so clinicians have a more complete picture of a patient’s health history. CIHIE is a non-profit organization that governs implementation of the regional exchange and connects participating members through its allcharts software.
“We are thrilled to have the OSF hospital system in Illinois as part of our exchange,” said Joy Duling, CIHIE executive director. “Health information exchange is important because it creates a community patient record.”
Jim Mormann, CIO of OSF Healthcare System, said: “There are clear benefits to having a community-wide patient record. For providers, it means delivering higher quality patient care by having unprecedented access to clinical data, reducing duplicative tests and improving care coordination. This will enable physicians to spend more time with their patients, thereby increasing patient satisfaction.”
How does health information work?
HIE software works in a similar way as airline travel sites. A vacationer enters a destination and date, and the travel site immediately pulls all the available flight information from different airlines. Likewise, a physician enters a patient’s name, and the HIE record locator immediately pulls the individual’s health information from different health providers and makes it easy to view on a computer screen in a matter of seconds.
What does this mean for the region?
“Sharing health information enhances coordination between different caregivers and helps make patient care better,” Duling explained. “HIE helps prevent duplication of services, and it helps lower medical errors. It also helps make a complex system less confusing for patients and families.”
Where can I learn more?
About the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange
The Central Illinois Health Information Exchange is an independent, nonprofit organization that governs implementation of the regional HIE. Member organizations include Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal; Community Health Improvement Center, Decatur; Decatur Memorial Hospital; Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton; Easter Seals — Peoria, Bloomington-Normal & Decatur; Heartland Community Health Clinic, Peoria; Human Service Center, Peoria; Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Peoria; Macon County Health Department, Decatur; Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria; OSF Healthcare System; Proctor Hospital, Peoria; St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur; St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator; and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
From the July 11-17, 2012, issue