Rush Health taps InterSystems for interoperability, care coordination

InterSystems’ HealthShare technology to serve as Rush Health’s information hub
By Bernie Monegain
10:11 AM
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Rush Health CEO Brent Estes views HealthShare as the hub for care coordination for the health system.

Chicago-based Rush Health will adopt the InterSystems HealthShare interoperability platform for collaborative care coordination – a platform that will make it possible for the health system to roll out a private health information exchange.

The HIE will provide the hospital, physicians and affiliate members a complete view of their patient records across the care continuum from within their electronic health record,

The technology connects primary, specialty, sub-acute and hospital-based providers, as well as other HIEs regardless of the EHR system.

HealthShare will serve as the health system’s health information hub, making it possible for all stakeholders to use their own EHR systems to exchange information and get the most complete medical picture for each patient.

Rush Health includes four hospitals, more than 1,100 physician members and 350 non-physician network clinicians. HealthShare will give providers complete visibility into all of their patients’ medications, tests and procedures, which will help reduce unnecessary prescriptions and treatments and deliver better care.

“Implementation of our HIE is critical to Rush Health’s transition to value-based care, Rush Health CEO Brent Estes said in a statement. “It will serve as the hub for all care coordination activities, triggered by real-time monitoring of quality, resource use and cost. It will fill in any gaps in our members’ EHRs.”

Rush Health’s clinical leaders cited HealthShare’s proven ability to access all data –  not just HL7 information – with an integrated analytics toolset that enables actionable insights at the point of care.

HealthShare also features an alert and notification system capabilities for clinical events across Rush’s integrated network, as well as an integrated enterprise master patient index to ensure consistent identification of patients across external and internal medical record systems.

As Rush Health executives see it, simply exchanging healthcare records is not enough to impact the quality or cost of care delivery. Clinicians need to access all the patient data to fully understand what is happening with a patient and drive clinical actions at the point of care.