We are pleased to announce that ARcare has signed a SHARE participation agreement and has committed to joining SHARE. ARcare is the first community health center to join the Arkansas health information exchange (HIE). The following 24 locations will be participating:
ARcare is connecting its electronic health record (EHR) system to SHARE and should begin exchanging patient health information through SHARE within the coming months.
The statewide HIE will allow ARcare health care providers to electronically access and share patient health information with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) in Harrison, Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in Pine Bluff and other providers that use SHARE.
For example, if an ARcare patient is treated at the UAMS Emergency Room, ARcare will receive an automatic notification and details of the treatment for follow-up. SHARE provides access to critical patient health information that can improve the quality of care and health outcomes.
We will follow up with another announcement when ARcare is fully "live" and using SHARE.
ARcare joins a growing network of hospitals and practices that are signing up to participate. As of July 2013, 5 hospitals, 39 community health centers, one behavioral health entity and 10 physician practices are using or implementing SHARE.