Western Colorado hospitals join health informatics system

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A pair of hospitals in western Colorado recently joined the Quality Health Network (QHN), a company that provides electronic connectivity to healthcare facilities in the region.

Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker will soon be able to take advantage of the QHN Health Information Exchange, a health informatics tool currently used by 162 other hospitals in western Colorado. This system allows healthcare providers to electronically access clinical information derived from lab results, radiology reports, emergency room records, progress notes, medication lists and more.

“Hospitals are key to ensuring that the right information is available at the right time, when a doctor and the patient need it – whether that’s at a hospital ER or the physician’s office,” said Dr. Greg Reicks, the board president of QHN. “We welcome Valley View and Pioneers Medical Center to QHN.”

Ron Hines, the director of information technology at Valley View Hospital, touted his facility’s QHN membership as an important step in the medical center’s work toward the meaningful use standards laid out by the federal government.

“Our mission is to lead the effort to improve the health and well-being of the residents of eastern Rio Blanco County,” added Pioneers Medical Center CEO Ken Harman. “By participating in the QHN HIE, Pioneers Medical Center will connect with the larger health care facilities in the region and provide our physicians with real-time access to complete patient information at the point of care.”

QHN’s system covers 20 counties with more than 465,000 residents. With 600 providers and 2,440 online users, the health informatics tool uses technology from OptumInsight to integrate electronic medical records and clinical data into a structure that can be accessed by physicians at the point of care.