Summit Healthcare CCD Solution Helps Porter Medical Center Enhance Patient Care

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Summit Care Exchange enables secure exchange of patient clinical summaries between Vermont hospital, HIE and Community Physician Practices.

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With Summit Care Exchange, our physicians get the patient clinical summaries they need to provide timely care, and we’re satisfying Meaningful Use direct messaging standards...

Porter Medical Center needed a Health Information System Provider (HISP) whose continuity of care document (CCD) solution would help meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 direct messaging requirements. To achieve this goal, the organization chose Summit Care Exchange as the secure data exchange platform to enable communication across its community health information exchange (HIE) network.

“With Summit Care Exchange, our physicians get the patient clinical summaries they need to provide timely care, and we’re satisfying Meaningful Use direct messaging standards,” said Rebecca Woods, Porter Medical Center VP Information Technology & Compliance. “Summit Healthcare also met our ambitious three-month project deadline so we were ready for MU attestation.”

Summit Care Exchange enables Porter Medical Center to send patient clinical summaries to the electronic mailboxes of more than 60 physicians, all who currently leverage the Meditech Ambulatory EHR system. By ensuring that physicians receive CCDs in a timely manner, Summit Care Exchange supports smooth transitions of care and optimal decision making throughout each patient’s visit. The solution also enables direct messaging to physicians at Porter Medical Center’s 12 physician practices across its HIE.

“Porter Medical Center’s CCD project shows the positive impact of sharing clinical information between physicians at different facilities,” said Summit Healthcare CEO Ted Rossi. “We’re glad to see that Summit Care Exchange is enabling hospitals to meet the integration, compliance and security challenges of patient data exchange.”

Looking ahead, Porter Medical Center intends to deploy query based transaction sets, to meaningfully and proactively solicit CCDs upon patient presentation at the hospital. Additionally, they will expand their investment in direct messaging to further correspond with the community to include additional report types such as Lab, Radiology and Transcription.

About Porter Medical Center

Porter Medical Center is a 25 bed critical access hospital with 12 physician owned community practices both Primary Care Medicine and Specialty practices located in Addison County, Vermont.

About Summit Healthcare

Summit Healthcare is the choice of hospitals and providers who want to take full control of their healthcare systems integration and information management requirements. Since 1999, we have worked to provide the industry with the most flexible integration technology with complementary tailored services and solutions. Visit us at http://www.summit-healthcare.com.

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