Little Rock, AR. May 2019. More than 60 south Arkansas and northern Louisiana health care providers continue to securely access patient health records from Magnolia Regional Medical Center located in Magnolia, Arkansas through SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). The data sharing builds a more complete medical record for communities and individuals. With the connection to the HIE, it results in fewer repeated tests, better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions and more comprehensive patient health record.
The continued collaboration with partners such as Magnolia Regional Medical Center reflects that coordinated care is extending across a much wider spectrum of facilities than ever before. Magnolia Regional Medical Center, that serves south Arkansas and northern Louisiana, commitment is the first of many from health system organizations across state, making the community’s ability to deliver efficient and effective healthcare.
Magnolia Regional Medical Center is home to multiple outpatient clinics that serve the growing needs of their community. Whether a patient is looking for an annual wellness exam, planning a preventative procedure, or needs specialty infusions, they have a clinic to serve you. The following specialty clinics are sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.
SHARE is a secure electronic health information exchange (HIE) dedicated to serving Arkansas’ 75 counties. Our suite of services allows health care professionals to securely and rapidly share records across institutions and practices, making patient information available wherever and whenever needed to provide the highest quality care. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, missing records and errors, while receiving more informed care during office visits and emergencies.
SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the State’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.
About Magnolia Regional Medical Center
Magnolia Regional Medical Center is a non-profit, city owned, Acute Care Hospital. The hospital has been in continuous operation since 1939 and is licensed to operate 49 beds. In February 2010, a new facility opened replacing the original 1939 building and additions. The hospital continues to serve a diverse population in Columbia County and a large part of Southwest Arkansas including neonatal, pediatric, obstetric, adult, and geriatric patients.
Magnolia Regional Medical Center is located near the center of the City of Magnolia, eighteen miles from the Louisiana border, in the southwest corner of the state. It serves as the sole community provider of medical care for a thirty-five-mile radius. The primary service area is Columbia County, but receives patients from Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita, and Union counties, as well as residents of Northern Louisiana.
Learn more about MRMC: https://magnoliarmc.org/
May 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas. The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is proud to partner with Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) hospital and clinics that are now sending data to Arkansas’ only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) are being shared with referral providers ranging from endocrinology to orthopedics. As the region’s first and only children’s hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) offers easy access to complete pediatric healthcare. Their team is available 24/7 and includes an emergency department just for children. ACNW simply delivers care close to home for more than 200,000 children in 11 counties in Northwest Arkansas. SHARE is assisting Arkansas Children’s Northwest in transforming the health of children.
The Arkansas Children’s Northwest campus is 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, surgical services, diagnostic services and clinical space. The campus also includes nature trails and gardens for patients and their families, as well as a helipad for the Angel One Transport team.
With a full team of board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric specialists, ACNW provides a complete range of services for children of all ages, including:
Arkansas Children’s Northwest hospital and specialty clinics are sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) that include: Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.
About Arkansas Children’s
Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and a nationally-recognized children’s research institute. It is one the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in pulmonology, neonatal care, cardiology and heart surgery and urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest Arkansas in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health and school-based health solutions. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years.
For more info, visit www.archildrens.org
Health Information Exchange (HIE) is not always understood in our ever changing healthcare landscape.
Myth #1 busts a misconception about HIE advancement and consolidation.
Interoperability is delivered best in markets that are dominated by one large electronic health record (EHR) System.
While one or two EHR’s may dominate certain markets, in the age of value-based healthcare, patients seek care through a variety of healthcare organizations and locations creating data silos. HIEs can consume, digest and disseminate information from multiple sources and present that information to the hospital, provider and care team in a format they can understand. This means that HIEs provide a normalized, longitudinal clinical record for each patients, incorporating information from all care settings with multiple EHR systems.
Myth #2 busts a thought that all patients only see providers within one healthcare organization.
Patients in my area only see providers that are associated with our healthcare organization. This is because we provide emergency care, primary care and specialty care.
American patients have seen an average of 18.7 different doctors during their lives, according to a survey conducted by GfK OmniWeb Roper. For patients over 65 years of age, the average increases to 28.4 individual doctors, including primary care, specialists, hospital and urgent care providers.
Myth #3 In an HIE, just sharing data is sufficient.
Many HIEs only share a longitudinal view of a patient data from multiple organizations across the care continuum.
An HIE can alert hospitals and physicians to a patient’s admission, readmission or discharge from an acute care facility, informing the provider’s workflow and helping him/her to better respond to care transitions. This allows a provider to offer timely follow-up care to ensure better care of the patient. Similarly, as value-based care drives requirements for analytics and quality reporting, HIEs can take in data, perform key analytics and deliver reports that help providers increase their quality scores.
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Little Rock, Arkansas – May, 2019
SHARE is happy to announce our new participant, White Hall Family Medicine Associates. White Hall Family Medicine Associates is the newest independent family medicine clinic to join the SHARE network! This independent provider practice is located in White Hall, Arkansas providing high quality, patient-centered health care. White Hall Family Medicine Associates was founded to provide convenient, complete and compassionate healthcare to their community.
The data exchange service will give the physicians, nurses and care team, in Jefferson County and surrounding areas, secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records, vitals, allergies, discharge summaries and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible than with paper files.
“With the clinic accessing their patient’s data securing from the SHARE exchange, they will be able to see the bigger picture of their patient’s overall health outside of their clinic. This will include if their patients have been to the hospital or seen a specialist since their last visit, updated test results and progress notes will be right there in their records,” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator with SHARE. “Patients won’t have to worry about remembering every detail for a primary care visit because their doctors and care team will have a more complete picture of their patients’ health ,” said Villines.
About White Hall Family Medicine Associate:
Your Family … Our Team … Good Health
No matter what age or stage in life, White Hall Family Medicine Associates is committed to providing skilled, quality, comprehensive healthcare. While they continue to keep pace with the latest advancements in medicine, they never forget that each patient is a unique individual. As highly trained, dedicated and experienced physicians, they offer a comprehensive full-service family practice dedicated to providing excellent and compassionate healthcare to patients. As a partner in healthcare, they listen to patients concerns and can help them develop a wellness program that will assist in maintaining optimal health and wellness.
Chronic Illness Management: Chronic illnesses include, but are not limited to, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, arthritis and allergies. Such illnesses generally require a lifetime of treatment.
Acute Care: Acute care illnesses include such things as upper respiratory infections, bladder infections, back, neck and other musculoskeletal injuries – maladies that, while possibly severe, are generally brief when properly treated.
Wellness Care: physicians strongly recommend patients have a wellness physical once a year. An annual wellness examination provides physicians with the information necessary to ensure patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, and is also a key to early diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious diseases.
Annual Visits: Include Pap smears (Papanicolaou test), prostate exam, blood work, colon (Colorectal) cancer screening.
Immunizations: Maintaining the recommended immunization schedule is an important aspect of wellness for both adult and pediatric patients.
On-Site Lab & X-Ray: This includes blood tests, urinalysis, serologies for mono and pregnancy tests. Physicians are able to order chest, bone and joint X-rays on-site and have the results within a reasonable amount of time. The availability of these capabilities in their clinic (and not at a third-party facility) allows them to provide patients with quicker diagnosis and treatment – often while they are being examined.
Find out more here: https://whitehallfamilymedicine.com/
- Providers will have an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care
- Accessing the Virtual Health Record puts the power of information and collaboration in the hands of the clinician—enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient
Little Rock, Arkansas – May, 2019 SHARE is happy to announce our new participant; Chenal Family Therapy has joined the only statewide health information exchange. Chenal Family Therapy is the newest group of behavioral health clinics to join the SHARE network! With locations in West Little Rock, Conway, North Little Rock, Bryant, White Hall, Rogers (NWA), Hot Springs, De Queen, Cabot, Heber Springs, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Texarkana and Jonesboro. Chenal Family Therapy is encouraging, empowering and equipping patients for a better state of health throughout Arkansas.
Chenal Family Therapy is providing high quality, patient-centered therapy, medication management and counseling. Access to SHARE will give the therapists, nurses and care team, that see patients in over 20 counties in Arkansas, secure access to important health information such as, updated patient records, discharge summaries, medication histories and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their health records are more secure and accessible than with paper files being faxed or mailed.
About Chenal Family Therapy:
Chenal Family Therapy is a team of passionate and caring therapists covering in Arkansas, with 15 locations and more to come. They were founded in 2010 by their Practice Director, Ken Clark, MA, LMFT. They do individual, couples and family therapy for kids, teens, and adults, as well as psychological testing services. They also offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and registered dietitian services. Healing Relationships through Individual, Couples & Family Therapy is their mission and vision.
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Healthcare simply consists of thousands of interlinked processes that result in a very complex system. If we focus on the processes of care one at a time, we can fundamentally change the game and deal with the challenges facing healthcare. Meaningful quality improvement must be data-driven. This is particularly true for quality control in healthcare. You’re basically dead in the water if you try to work with healthcare providers and you don’t have good data. I think everybody recognizes that.
The right data in the right format, at the right time, in the right hands is crucial. If clinician teams are going to manage care, they need data. They need the right data delivered in the right format, at the right time, and in the right place. And the data must be delivered into the right hands—the clinicians’ care team is involved in operating and improving any given process of care.
If quality improvement is going to work in healthcare—if we are going to realize value—it means, we must engage clinicians. Clinicians (nurses and providers’ care team) are the frontline workers who understand and own the processes of care. But we live in a pristine time. I once received from an email from a physician leader at a leading national delivery system. I’m going to withhold the name of the delivery system, but I can tell you that if you ask knowledgeable people to list of top 10 delivery systems in the country, almost everyone would put the same organization on their list. Despite that, this physician wrote to me lamenting how difficult it was for him to get his peer physicians to see a new future. And in his email, he succinctly described the problem by saying that his physicians were “historically encumbered and demoralized.” And I love the succinctness of his description because what he is basically saying is they’re clinging to the past and are demoralized because they don’t see a new future. And in that short phrase, this very excellent physician leader encapsulated the problem and points us towards the solution.
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