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Baylor College of Medicine Signs on to Regional Health Information Exchange
Date:8/14/2014

Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

Healthconnect announced today that Baylor College of Medicine has joined the regional health information exchange (HIE). Baylor’s entry is an important step in the integration of health information technologies that enable clinical faculty within an academic setting to enhance transitions of care by easily communicating with both referring physicians and patients.

Baylor, which utilizes the Epic electronic health record (EHR) system, will utilize Healthconnect’s Direct Messaging services to securely communicate via HIPAA compliant email with patients regarding test results, referral information and follow-up care instructions. The College’s Chief Medical Information Officer, Jeffrey Steinbauer, MD, stressed the importance of Baylor’s participation in the regional health information exchange, not only for improved patient follow-up but also as a new standard of care, “The Baylor faculty are committed to advancing standards of patient care utilizing all available and emerging technologies to accomplish that goal. The use of Direct Messaging to securely transmit clinical information to referring physicians and patients themselves represents just the tip of the iceberg with respect to the way we envision integrating health information technologies into our practice and instruction in the near future. We intend to prepare future generations of physicians who will emerge better able to practice medicine in an new era of smart information technology.”

Healthconnect was founded to serve as a neutral convener of patient records among the over 130 hospitals and 16,000 physicians practicing in Southeast Texas. As member organizations go live in the regional health information exchange, Healthconnect is creating a network of networks, connecting the information systems that each organization has built to integrate their own clinical care networks. Healthconnect’s community health record
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