This data being shared include visits, labs, tests, medications, emergency department summaries, progress notes and any other information from when patients visit hospitals and emergency rooms in other networks.
This means greater data-sharing capacity for those using the coalition’s Health Information Exchange.
This includes Lourdes Health System, whose chief medical information officer, Todd Warden, chairs the Camden Coalition HIE oversight committee.
"We are so pleased that NJSHINE has joined the Camden Coalition HIE to expand our collective network of regional data to improve health care in our region,” he said. “This will help support multiple initiatives we are working on in the tri-county region. I know that this will greatly enhance the LHS Health Network (the Lourdes accountable care organization) provide population health services to its patients in Gloucester County. In addition, this data integration will provide support to the South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative, as it builds its network of providers to assure comprehensive and efficient care to the behavioral health patients we all serve."
The effort will especially help patients with complex health needs.
“Many patients, particularly those with complex health and social needs, visit multiple hospitals and emergency rooms throughout the region over the course of a year. When providers can’t access patient records from other institutions, timely, important details are missed and patient care suffers. HIEs help to resolve this issue by providing better access to a patient’s health information and reducing the time and effort spent by staff to gather this data,” according to a joint statement from NJSHINE and the Camden Coalition.