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SHARE announces new partnership with 1st Choice Healthcare

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 09:16 -- Whitney Mayo

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – August 2019          

SHARE is excited announces a new partnership with 1st Choice HealthCare sharing continuity of care documents (CCDs) with connection to the eCW Arkansas HUB. 1st Choice Healthcare is a large group of six federally qualified health centers (FQHC), throughout Northeast Arkansas. They are now connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). SHARE is the only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

1st Choice Healthcare is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of their patients. By connecting with SHARE, 1st Choice Healthcare expects to further this commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing their doctors, nurses and health care teams with the patient information they need at the point of care.

1st Choice Healthcare’s six locations are now live with SHARE, which features a robust patient search functionality that lets providers quickly query and response data. Their providers can also access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as CCDs, medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, vitals, progress report notes, medications and allergies.

Through this integration with their eClinicalWorks (eCW) electronic medical record (EMR) system, 1st Choice Healthcare queries SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EMR environment using xds.b protocol. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports on all their patients, regardless of insurance provider, when they are admitted and discharged from any connected hospital’s emergency department and inpatient discharges in real-time.

This new partnership will enable 1st Choice Healthcare to safely exchange patient medical records with any organization on the SHARE system. This will help improve care coordination and lead to better health outcomes. “Together, we will have the opportunity to turn health data into actionable information for providers. We aim to improve care quality throughout Arkansas,” said Anne Santifer, SHARE Executive Director.

Health care organizations are often siloed and face challenges such as faxing medical records and viewing limited or incomplete patient records. SHARE’s technology eliminates those challenges by securely exchanging data between participants. SHARE allows providers to have instantaneously access to patient medical records.

About 1st Choice Healthcare:

At 1st Choice Healthcare, they embrace and practice patient-centered care and strive to provide all their patients with the best possible medical care. They encourage each patient to take an active role in their health care. They believe that in addition to helping patients when they are sick, that they should help guide them in making healthy choices for preventive care.

1st Choice Healthcare centers are:

  • Open to all residents, regardless of insurance status
  • Provide reduced cost care based on ability to pay
  • Tailor services to fit the special needs and priorities of local communities
  • Provide services based on the advice of local-residents, businesses, churches, and other organizations
  • Offer services that help patients access health care, case management, health education, nutritional counseling, and chronic disease management.

1st Choice Healthcare is a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, Federally Qualified Health Center. They welcome all members of the community, especially those unable to afford care. They are founded and governed by the community they serve. At least 51% of their Board of Directors are consumers of their services. Their board is made up of community friends and neighbors as well as members from other community agencies. They work closely with government and health and human services agencies to bring patients complete, high quality, and affordable health care.

Learn more about 1st Choice Healthcare: https://1stchoice-ar.org/

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