Texas partnership selects Orion Health for HIE

By Erin McCann
11:00 AM

The North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership on Monday announced its collaboration with Orion Health on a regional health information exchange.

More than 12,000 physicians will be provided with HIE technology, affecting nearly 7 million patients from 140 hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 13 surrounding counties. Officials say the deployment will be the largest such partnership in Texas and one of the largest in the United States.

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"North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership is first and foremost community-focused, led and driven," said Joseph W. Lastinger, CEO of the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership. "We are committed to improving patient care and the overall health of the community and delivering value to all involved: patients, clinicians, hospitals, labs, employers, and more."

He added that Orion Health’s "proven global experience with successful large deployments combined with the breadth and depth of the Orion Health solution convinced us that they are uniquely suited to help address the challenges and demands of healthcare delivery to millions of patients in North Texas."

Partnership officials say the group selected Orion Health HIE for its powerful information sharing capabilities in addition to its flexibility. Orion Health will work with the partnership to build a master patient index that will allow care providers in affiliated facilities to see a holistic view of the patient regardless of the location of the patient or provider.

In the future, the partnership plans to implement Orion Health’s patient portal and cloud-based EHR solutions, both which will empower patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease to better manage their conditions and enable their physicians to improve care coordination.

"The North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership’s HIE will help our physicians and clinicians coordinate care and focus on preventive care strategies, so we can begin to transition into a wellness focused system in North Texas," said Michael Darrouzet, chairman of the board of the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership. "This is especially important when managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and congestive heart failure."

Darrouzet added that Orion Health's flexible service "meets needs of all healthcare organizations in our area regardless of their size, technology infrastructure or budget. Plus, its features and functionality are very easy to use and physician-friendly, allowing clinicians to set their own parameters for information delivery to ensure that they receive the most accurate and relevant patient information at point of care.”

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“North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership has shown a deep understanding of what it takes to create successful community-wide health information exchange," said Paul Viskovich, president, Orion Health North America. "In addition to its commitment to involve all stakeholders in the region in decision making – including physicians, hospitals, payers and local employers – the partnership recognized the need to build a powerful and flexible technology infrastructure that can support physicians and empower patients now and well into the future as the North Texas healthcare landscape changes."

The partnership is one of the 16 regional HIEs awarded funding by the State of Texas through the Statewide HIE Cooperative Grant Program. The partnership received $4.9 million in funding from the state to help develop the necessary infrastructure in North Texas.


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