Leading Healthcare Organizations in Southeast Texas Collaborate to Improve Care and Lower Costs

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Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas, Legacy Community Health Services and Southeast Texas Medical Associates participate in the regional health information network to link electronic medical records.

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We are delighted to congratulate these organizations as the first providers in the area to reach across and partner with one another so patients in SE Texas can experience better continuity of care.

At a press conference today, leading healthcare organizations announced they are working together to ensure that residents of Southeast Texas benefit from new technology infrastructure that will enable a consenting patient’s records to be shared electronically between separate health systems.

This new capability involves creating interoperability of various information systems already present in hospitals through a non-profit network known as Healthconnect which covers a 20 county area in Southeast Texas, including Jasper, Jefferson, Hardin, Newton and Orange counties, among others.

Significant gains in continuity of care, patient safety and reductions in cost are expected once the network is fully functional. Since connectivity involves multiple stages of implementation, it could take some time to realize public health gains. By 2017, these providers and their patients may realize reductions in adverse drug events, avoidable hospital readmissions, and lower duplicate imaging studies.

Most of the major healthcare systems in this area are participating, including Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas, Legacy Community Health Services and Southeast Texas Medical Associates. These pioneering organizations are encouraging other healthcare providers in the Golden Triangle and greater Southeast Texas to join the network so the entire community will be connected.

Healthconnect’s board chair, Ruthanne Mefford commented, “We are delighted to congratulate these organizations as the first providers in the area to reach across and partner with one another so patients in SE Texas can experience better continuity of care.”

About Greater Houston Healthconnect

Greater Houston Healthconnect is an independent, community-based organization pioneering information exchange among healthcare providers in the Greater Houston area, which encompasses a 20-county region in Southeast Texas. Its goal is to mobilize healthcare information electronically across organizations thus enhancing the safety, quality, and efficiency of care throughout the region. Key stakeholders include healthcare providers, payers, employers and the community as a whole. For more information, visit http://www.ghhconnect.org/.

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Greater Houston Healthconnect
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