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In Colorado and Michigan, several physicians groups this week joined regional health information exchanges, a move that may help networks participating in accountable care organizations.
The Integrated Physicians Network, an association of 200 physicians throughout 40 practices, is joining the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), the state-designated HIE.
With an emphasis on evidence-based care, the Integrated Physicians Network has been noted for its aim to be a "multi-speciality clinic without walls” and for using electronic medical records to measure and improve quality of care.
"We believe we are accountable to deliver superior care to our patients and through our aggregate EHR data, we strive to better understand our community’s health needs around screening and prevention," David Ehrenberger, MD, chief medical officer of the Integrated Physicians Network, said in a press release.
Through CORHIO, the providers can access lab tests and pathology results, x-ray and MRI reports and physician transcription reports, and the HIE is set to add new data functions in the near future.
In Michigan, the multi-specialty group practice IHA Health Services Corporation and the Huron Valley Physicians Association will join the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange (GLHIE), a nonprofit independent HIE that feeds into the statewide Michigan Health Information Network.
Both members of the University of Michigan Health System, the two networks will have access to patient data from other providers, and GHLIE said it’s incorporating functionality for data on hospital admission and discharge, radiology and lab results, emergency department summaries and more.
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“GLHIE offers us an incredibly sophisticated technology to share reports and reduce inefficiencies in a way we’ve never done before,” Andrew Rosenberg, MD, chief medical information officer for University of Michigan Health System, said in a press release.
The University of Michigan Health System and affiliate practices are also participating in a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. Some think ACOs need HIEs to succeed, as Government Health IT reported last month.