We can best serve our network of primary-care and specialty practices through a regionwide effort to share clinical information. We can only achieve the highest-quality acute, outpatient, and rehabilitative care when our practitioners are able to access and exchange critical clinical information across their service area.
Our health system is committed to continually advancing its electronic health record systems — both ambulatory and inpatient — for our hospitals and hundreds of affiliated physicians, with an emphasis on patient safety. Toward that objective, we have helped to lead in the attainment of meaningful-use goals and expansion of our electronic health records. But, to truly be successful with these efforts, we must seamlessly connect our hospital and ambulatory EHRs and build a health information exchange that closes the critical care gaps of missing clinical information that exist today.
We have a responsibility to our patients and clinicians, including practitioners at the primary and specialty levels who are embracing electronic health information technology. We must provide the technology, network, and infrastructure that are able to transfer clinical information securely from one provider to another, so it is available at the point of care. This requires leadership, commitment, and participation by all of us in a fully functioning health information exchange — such as that which Healthshare Exchange of Southeastern PA is providing. This is a necessary component for the future of the healthcare landscape in this region and will ultimately improve the health of the community we serve.