CORHIO goes live with new tool to improve care documentation, efficiency

The Colorado HIE with a network of 74 hospitals will use the technology to help manage data into comprehensive continuity of care documents.
By Mike Miliard
12:33 PM
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Boulder Medical Center is one of the 74 hospitals participating in the Colorado HIE. Credit: Google Maps

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization will deploy technology from Medicity that will enable its member hospitals make better use of the clinical data they derive from the exchange.

Its use of the Community Interchange tool from Medicity, the Salt Lake City-based Aetna subsidiary, is the latest news in a long partnership: CORHIO first chose Medicity to power its health information exchange back in 2010.

Medicity's technology is meant to help deliver comprehensive and easily usable HIE data to clinicians and staff at the point of care, and company officials tout it as another nudge forward for what it calls next-generation of interoperability.  

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As health information exchange has matured and expanded in recent years, it's created challenges related to high volumes of disparate data, delivered to providers in different formats. The Community Interchange tool is able to transforms collate that data into a single, de-duplicated, comprehensive continuity of care document, Medicity officials say, giving providers a single view of a patient's clinical information from inside and outside the hospital walls.  

CORHIO – which comprises of 74 hospitals and 11,000-plus providers including health physicians, behavioral health centers, emergency medical services, long-term care facilities, imaging centers and more – will brand the technology (which was developed by Medicity in partnership with Diameter Health) as Consolidated Care Summaries as a tool can help members optimize their decision-making to improve patient care.

"Over the last 36 months, the health data available to community providers in the CORHIO HIE network has grown by 189 percent," said Morgan Honea, CORHIO's CEO. "This will enable us to provide Consolidated Care Summaries, which will improve users’ abilities to more efficiently and effectively leverage one of the largest health information data systems in the U.S. and ultimately, improve patient care in Colorado."

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