Simply Connect Launches Health Information Exchange in Virginia

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Simply Connect is a Health Information Exchange (HIE). HIEs are interoperable, electronic transmissions of health-related information among care providers, communities, vendors and other relevant organizations–all according to nationally recognized standards.

Simply Connect not only works with a variety of software and operating systems, but also streamlines communication.

Hospital networks nationwide are adopting health information exchanges (HIEs) to better, more efficiently and securely share health data. Simply Connect, based in Minnetonka, Minn., is one HIE software that prides itself on advocating for proactive healthcare management.

Simply Connect technology can interface with all current electronic medical record (EMR) systems to share health care data across providers, pharmacies, hospital networks and health systems. The technology can also be customized to meet new updates. The adaptability and versatility of the software make it appropriate for all healthcare settings.

Simply Connect and other HIE software aim to reduce health crises and minimize costs by providing platforms for productive interactions. The technology takes a value-based approach to health care management by making communication easy and efficient for users. The outcome of a successfully used HIE is engaged patients and informed care teams working with pre-crisis data and tools, which in turn would support data driven interventions and care management rather than simply following a schedule.

Leading the launch of Simply Connect in Virginia’s hospital markets is Tina Fonteneau, Simply Connect’s State Director for Virginia HIE and Sales Director.

“There are incentives for taking a proactive approach to healthcare instead of looking at it simply from a post-crisis viewpoint and just going through the motions until something happens,” said Fonteneau. “If prepared, proactive providers use HIEs to share information with pharmacies, nursing staff, anyone who interacts with their patients, it leads to informed, activated patients.”

Fonteneau will oversee the use and installation of Simply Connect HIE software in hospital systems across the commonwealth, with hopes to expand the reach of the technology. With user-friendly features and a quick learning curve, Simply Connect is suitable for installation in any healthcare setting, including senior and assisted living communities.

Simply Connect partners with extensions of Eldermark, whose primary focus is on senior care. Eldermark’s suite of products offers a mobile app, non-emergency medical transport scheduling, cloud scanning and storage, a HIPAA-compliant messaging service, among a myriad of other features, all of which work seamlessly with Simply Connect’s HIE platform. Both brands also collaborate with NOTIFY, a nurse call system.

“Other HIE software has failed in the past because it wasn’t compatible with other software, and therefore medical professionals didn’t see the benefits of switching their workflow to adopt an entirely new technology,” said Fonteneau. “Simply Connect not only works with a variety of software and operating systems, but also streamlines communication. It couldn’t be easier to use and the benefits truly are immeasurable.”

Some benefits of using Simply Connect include:

Reduced costs – Simply Connect uses virtual health records to make patient information sharing fast and efficient – reducing fax, paper, printing and workflow expenses

Real time connection – community care partners, physicians, state and federal agencies, family members and vendors can retrieve and exchange in-the-moment health data

Privacy – resident and patient privacy is securely maintained both internally and during HIPAA-approved encrypted transmission of health records to providers and vendors

Industry advantages – using Simply Connect gives users a competitive advantage and demonstrates viability as an HIE business partner

Messaging – a HIPAA-compliant e-messaging service allows users to send and receive direct messages

Hospital networks and assisted living communities nationwide can reap the benefits of using HIEs to share patient data. The largest hospital system currently using Simply Connect is in Washington State, but Fonteneau and her team, and similar teams in other regions of the country, aim to expand the use of the software to Virginia’s largest hospital systems.

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