San Diego Beacon Connects with Kaiser Permanente for Health Information Exchange

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Kaiser Permanente Southern California extended its Information Technology capabilities and began to exchange patient health information with the San Diego Beacon Health Information Exchange (HIE).

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The San Diego Beacon Community welcomes Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest and most important healthcare providers in our region to the HIE", said Ted Chan, MD, project lead for the San Diego Beacon.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California extended its Information Technology capabilities and began to exchange patient health information with the San Diego Beacon Health Information Exchange (HIE). Using nationally established protocols that adhere to the current standards for privacy and data security, Kaiser Permanente began exchanging health information electronically with UC San Diego Health System and Rady Children’s Hospital in March 2012. In an earlier pilot project, in 2009, Kaiser Permanente was the first organization in Southern California to exchange patient information with the San Diego Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Since 2009, Kaiser Permanente and VA providers have been able to view, at a minimum, patient test results, and current lists of their problems, medications, and allergies. The technical enhancements announced today will extend these electronic transfers of patient information between Kaiser Permanente and other members of the Beacon Exchange as they become active participants.

“Kaiser Permanente has been dedicated to developing and deploying the national healthcare data standards that allow us to deliver the highest quality care to all our members, past, present, and future,” said John Mattison, MD, Assistant Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. “Our commitment over the past few decades is now paying off with the growing number of participants not only in the San Diego Beacon Exchange, but across the entire nation.”

“The San Diego Beacon Community welcomes Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest and most important healthcare providers in our region to the HIE", said Ted Chan, MD, project lead for the San Diego Beacon. "By exchanging patient health information securely, San Diego Beacon participating providers will be better able to deliver superior care for all San Diegans".

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 3.5 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/newscenter.

About the San Diego Beacon Community
The San Diego Beacon Community (SDBC) is one of 17 Beacon Communities building and strengthening local health IT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in health, care and cost. Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, SDBC is working to improve the quality of health care delivered for all San Diegans by using health information technology as it pursues five objectives: build a health information exchange (Exchange) that will link health care providers electronically, improve care for emergency cardiac patients, improve childhood immunization rates, and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and radiology tests.

Physicians, patients and other San Diegans interested in learning more about the San Diego Beacon Community project and how to participate in the health information exchange are encouraged to visit http://www.SanDiegoBeacon.org for more information.

Information on ONC’s broad range of activities may be viewed at http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt/community/healthit_hhs_gov__home/1204

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