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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Health Information Exchange with Children’s Medical Center

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health Resources and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas have partnered to allow the electronic exchange of medical information for patients served by both health systems. The new opportunity is possible through a secure health information exchange product provided by Epic Systems Corporation, and is the first such exchange in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It represents a milestone for the two hospitals and a helpful resource for patients and parents.

The ability to share information — with the patient’s or parents' consent — allows providers to have the necessary data to treat their patients without having to wait for records or perform duplicate tests.

With the secure health information exchange, records from past treatments at any Texas Health hospital or clinic can be transferred to Children’s. The records are then immediately available within the Children’s electronic health record and do not require manual transcription or faxing.

The Texas Health Resources and Children’s Medical information exchange was carefully designed to meet all federal and state standards for privacy and security of confidential patient health information.

This ability to securely share medical information is also a critical element for participating in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act financial incentives for the adoption and use of health information technology by Medicare and Medicaid providers.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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