Pediatric Alliance, the largest physician-owned practice offering primary care and specialized services to children and adolescents in southwestern Pennsylvania, announced today that it will join ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange (HIE).
ClinicalConnect HIE, western Pennsylvania’s first and largest health information exchange, was founded last year by nine of the region’s leading health care providers: Altoona Regional Health System, ACMH Hospital, Butler Health System, Excela Health, Heritage Valley Health System, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, St. Clair Hospital, The Washington Hospital and UPMC. The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh recently joined.
ClinicalConnect HIE allows clinicians from across participating health care organizations to immediately and securely access critical patient information, including medications, allergies and lab results. The goal is to improve the quality and coordination of care for patients as they move among health care providers.
“In a rapidly changing health care landscape, Pediatric Alliance is committed to continuing to serve our patients with high quality, cost effective care. ClinicalConnect HIE is an important tool in helping us to meet that commitment, particularly in emergency situations,” said James Troup, M.S. MIT, and chief executive officer of Pediatric Alliance.
Expected to be one of the largest HIEs in the state—with more than 7 million unique patient records– ClinicalConnect HIE will help patients by reducing unnecessary testing, delays and costs; increasing the use of preventive care and chronic illness management programs, and assisting efforts to track and improve public health. Longer-term, the exchange is expected to be connected to federal and state data-sharing systems.
Access to a patient’s medical record through ClinicalConnect HIE depends upon a patient’s consent to participate during registration at participating health care providers.
For additional information, visit www.clinicalconnecthie.com.