Greater Houston Healthconnect Significantly Expands By Adding Memorial Hermann

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Vast majority of caregivers able to coordinate patient care across Southeast Texas

Memorial Hermann Health System has joined the Greater Houston Healthconnect Network, the region’s community-based health information exchange (HIE), in a move that significantly expands the coordination and exchange of health information for patients across the region.

Healthconnect gives Memorial Hermann and other care providers in the community real-time access to historical medical information for patients across the care continuum. As one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in Texas, Memorial Hermann has a robust footprint in the community with 5,500 affiliated physicians and more than 2 million patient encounters annually.

Partnering with Healthconnect extends Memorial Hermann’s ability to coordinate the care of its patients by seamlessly integrating the electronic health record (EHR) systems of other hospitals, health systems, community clinics, physician office practices and service providers. This connectivity ensures that all providers that are part of Healthconnect have the full composite of a patient’s medical information available to them, right at the point of care. Ultimately, this kind of interoperability—across different providers, EHR systems and diverse venues of care—allows clinicians to work together to improve quality, efficiency and patient safety.

“As a leader in safe, high-quality patient care, we value the opportunity – with patient consent - to have and provide access to a patient’s medical history,” said David Bradshaw, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at Memorial Hermann. “We are continuously looking for way in which we can make the health care experience more convenient for our patients and this is certainly helping us in those efforts.”

Nick Bonvino, CEO of Healthconnect, emphasized the importance of the Memorial Hermann relationship.

“Adding a highly-regarded institution like Memorial Hermann to the Healthconnect network further demonstrates the commitment of our healthcare institutions to collaborate on the delivery of patient care,” Bonvino said.

Memorial Hermann joins an already extensive portfolio of providers within the Healthconnect network. Today, patients can benefit from Healthconnect’s services when receiving treatment at more than 1,000 venues of care, including 75 percent of the hospital market. Patients who consent to sharing their information on the health information network can make that information readily available to participating medical providers when and where it’s needed.

“Healthconnect’s mission is to facilitate the coordination of care for our community thereby improving patient quality, safety and efficiency,” Bonvino said. “To that end, we are committed to connecting all providers in the region.”

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About Greater Houston Healthconnect
Greater Houston Healthconnect is an independent, community-based organization responsible for enabling information exchange among healthcare providers in a 24-county region. Healthconnect is tasked with mobilizing healthcare information electronically across organizations to enhance the safety, quality, and efficiency of care and improve information access throughout the region. Key stakeholders include healthcare providers, payers, employers and the community as a whole. For more information, visit http://www.ghhconnect.org/.

About Memorial Hermann
A fully integrated health system with more than 250 care delivery sites throughout the greater Houston area, including a nationally acclaimed Accountable Care Organization, Memorial Hermann is committed to delivering safe, high-quality, patient-centered care and offers world-class clinical expertise, innovation and cutting-edge technology to all patients, including its Health Plan members. The system, with its exceptional affiliated medical staff and more than 25,000 employees, provides compassionate, superior service while advancing health in Southeast Texas. For more information, visit http://www.memorialhermann.org/.

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