Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness

The Cleve­land Clinic has agreed to share elec­tronic records through the state of Ohio’s Clin­iSync elec­tronic med­i­cal-record ex­change sys­tem, said Dan Pao­letti, CEO of the Ohio Health In­for­ma­tion Part­ner­ship, which runs Clin­iSync. Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals an­nounced a sim­i­lar agree­ment. The MetroHealth Sys­tem has yet to sign on but is dis­cussing the idea with the part­ner­ship, Pao­letti said. Get­ting the two big­gest hos­pi­tals sys­tems in North­east Ohio to join Clin­iSync should make it much eas­ier to get other Ohio hos­pi­tals to fol­low suit, he said. “It’s one of those things where you kind of reach the tip­ping point,” he said. The more hos­pi­tals that join the ex­change, the more use­ful it will be to hos­pi­tals that al­ready are us­ing it, be­cause it will give them ac­cess to more records. The Cleve­land Clinic will join 71 other hos­pi­tals and hun­dreds of pri­vate-prac­tice physi­cians that have agreed to share records through Clin­iSync. The clinic likely will be ready to start us­ing Clin­iSync by mid-sum­mer, af­ter the in­ter­face con­nect­ing the hospi­tal’s elec­tronic med­i­cal record sys­tems to Clin­iSync is built and tested, Pao­letti said. UH likely will be ready sooner be­cause that tech­ni­cal work al­ready has be­gun, he said. The goal of the ex­change is to help doc­tors get quick ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on pa­tients who have re­ceived care at other hos­pi­tals. That ca­pa­bil­ity is in­tended to help them make bet­ter de­ci­sions, es­pe­cially in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions when they don’t have time to run tests or get re­sults from an­other hospi­tal. The ex­change also is meant to help providers avoid fill­ing out du­pli­cate forms and run­ning du­pli­cate tests.“What it means for those com­mu­ni­ties is really go­ing to be big once it’s up live and work­ing,” Pao­letti said.

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