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Southern Illinois Hospitals Go Live with Health Insurance Exchange Partners

Springfield and Sauget, IL – Lincoln Land Health Information Exchange (Springfield) and Illinois Health Exchange Partners (Sauget) announced today the completion of a secure, shared infrastructure for nine hospital systems to transmit health data directly to other providers.

They include physician practices electronic health records, physician practices with paper charts, nursing homes, home health providers, behavioral health providers and local public health departments that provide patient care.

Hospitals with completed connections and able to securely share patient data include Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Blessing Hospital in Quincy, St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Anderson Hospital in Maryville, St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. 

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville will complete their connections later this summer.

“The use of our shared health information exchange networks to securely transmit laboratory and other test results, discharge summaries, medication lists and patient histories will help improve patient safety, reduce redundant tests and procedures and provide more complete information about patients as they transition between healthcare settings in central and southern Illinois,” according to Stephen Lawrence, Executive Director of LLHIE and ILHEP.

Dr. David Graham, chair of the LLHIE Board of Managers and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Memorial Health System, added,  “This will help to facilitate the exchange of medical information between hospitals and physician practices that are currently implementing or upgrading electronic healthcare record systems as part of healthcare reform and allow hospitals like Memorial, St. John’s, Blessing and others to reduce the overall number of existing point-to-point interfaces between electronic health record systems in the future.”

“In the Metro-East and Southern Illinois areas, where physician practices are implementing electronic health records systems for the first time, connection to ILHEP will improve patient care and lower overall maintenance and support costs for rural hospitals and physician practices while providing real-time electronic laboratory and other results not available today in our area,” according to Dr. Thomas Mikkelson, chair of the ILHEP Board of Owners and Chief Operating Officer at Touchette Regional Hospital.

Additionally, LLHIE and ILHEP have both implemented Direct Secure Email Messaging services and are active members of DirectTrust.  DirectTrust is a national protocol standard that allows health care providers with a certified “trust” relationship to share health information and patient referrals as easily as they use email with the additional security measures necessary to protect patient privacy. 

LLHIE and ILHEP have successfully exchanged electronic messages with Central Illinois HIE in Peoria, Metro Chicago HIE, the statewide Illinois Health Information Exchange, Missouri Health Connection, and the Wisconsin Health Information Network to provide a secure means to share patient information with healthcare providers participating in other networks.  Through DirectTrust, both LLHIE and ILHEP participants can further exchange securely with providers nationally who are enrolled in the program.

LLHIE founders include Blessing Health System of Quincy; Memorial Health System; Hospital Sisters Health System, including Prairie Cardiovascular; SIU HealthCare and Springfield Clinic, all based in Springfield. ILHEP founders include Hospital Sisters Health System, Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in Sauget, and Southern Illinois Health Care Association in Collinsville.

LLHIE and ILHEP selected Medicity as their technology partner for health information exchange.

About Lincoln Land Health Information Exchange
The Lincoln Land Health Information Exchange (LLHIE) is an electronic clinical information network that advances the delivery and coordination of patient care across the region.  It does this by enabling quick and secure exchange of lab results, past medical history, medications and results of other tests among hospitals, physician practices, extended care facilities and other entities in the care community.    Visit the LLHIE website at www.llhie.com for more information.

About Illinois Health Exchange Partners
Illinois Health Exchange Partners (ILHEP) advances the delivery and coordination of patient care across Metro East St. Louis and Southern Illinois through a secure electronic clinical information network.  Patient information including lab results, past medical history, medications, and a variety of other test results can be shared between hospitals, physician practices, extended care facilities, and other healthcare providers in the care community.    Visit the ILHEP website at www.ilhepartners.com for more information.

About Medicity
Medicity sets the standard for network-enabled population health. Connecting thousands of facilities in more than one hundred of the nation’s leading private and public health information networks, Medicity powers connected communities that have shared and exchanged more than two billion clinical transactions to date. The Medicity Network provides the data foundation and integrated workflow solutions to enable today’s population health management objectives, including timely clinician engagement, improved transitions of care, reduction in duplicative services and the opportunity for patients to take an active role in their personal health. Medicity, a Healthagen business, is an independent subsidiary of Aetna. For more information, visit www.medicity.com

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