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Care improving, cost saving Indiana Network for Patient Care expands
Date:3/9/2010

INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), one of the highest volume health information exchanges in the United States, is expanding beyond central Indiana to serve patients from southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.

Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind., joins 40 other medical facilities serving more than 6 million patients as a member of the INPC, a network which makes patient data from one institution securely available at any other INPC participant in real time. This enables physicians to have the information they need when and where they need it to make decisions critical to patient care.

Created and operated by the Regenstrief Institute, an international leader in electronic medical record and health information exchange development and operations, the INPC daily handles approximately 2.5 million secure transactions of clinically relevant data such as laboratory test results, medication and treatment histories, and other clinically important information in a standardized, electronic format. This information is critical to diagnoses, treatment and referral decisions.

Good Samaritan, a 232-bed community health-care facility with 1,600 employees, serves a broard range of patients primarily from southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.

"At Good Samaritan Hospital we understand the importance of having accurate, immediate patient data. This is why we think it's necessary to be a part of the Indiana Network of Patient Care," said Gerald Waldroup, interim president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. "This system takes the burden off the patients, while enabling our physicians to see the most up-to-date and relevant patient information that can have a big impact at the point of care."

Good Samaritan is initially making data from the INPC available in its emergency department where physicians and other health-care providers will now have secure and confidential access to information on p
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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University School of Medicine
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