Houston Methodist Advances Care Quality Through Connection to Greater Houston Healthconnect

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Leading hospital system now live in region’s health information exchange

Marc Boom, M.D., President and CEO, Houston Methodist

Having our own hospitals and ambulatory centers connected enables us to integrate patient information captured through the HIE into our clinical workflow.

Houston Methodist (HM) has marked a key milestone in its commitment to advancing quality patient care through innovation in health information technology. By facilitating coordinated care, Greater Houston Healthconnect (Healthconnect) provides a critical tool to expand HM’s population health management strategy aimed at controlling chronic disease. Connecting all providers within their patient-centered medical home model, the health information exchange (HIE) will enhance HM’s population health program, which has recently drawn national attention for success in dramatically improving key diabetes measures.

Since Healthconnect became operational in 2012, the hospital system played a leadership role at the Board level in the development of the HIE. Dr. Marc Boom, President and CEO of Houston Methodist, commended Healthconnect for the creation of critical healthcare infrastructure, “We know that better communication and access to more comprehensive information substantially improves coordination of care. Since the inception of Healthconnect Houston Methodist sought to encourage adoption of the HIE and it’s broad use, not only within our system, but also in the community at large. Having our own hospitals and ambulatory centers connected enables us to integrate patient information captured through the HIE into our clinical workflow. It gives us the opportunity to innovate using health information technology for the welfare of our patients.”

The creation of Healthconnect was founded on the recognition by numerous collaborating health systems that a neutral health information exchange was a necessity in a medical community as large and complex as Houston and the world famous Texas Medical Center, where the Houston Methodist Hospital operates its flagship hospital. The original charter for the HIE included just 14 counties immediately surrounding Houston, but the HIE quickly expanded through mergers with neighboring, smaller HIEs. It has continued to grow geographically and now covers 23 counties. Healthconnect is governed by a 21 member community board of business and healthcare leaders, which includes Dr. Boom and Dr. Nicholas Desai, Chief Medical Information Officer at Houston Methodist.

Healthconnect CEO Nick Bonvino remarked on the growth of the Southeast Texas HIE, “This go-live represents another quantum increase in the volume of clinical information exchanged through Healthconnect. The foresight and vision of organizations such as Houston Methodist has enabled us to build something unique in Houston that can be sustained for the long term benefit of our communities. We appreciate the leadership Marc and his organization provide in driving care coordination and efficiencies with our HIE.”

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