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August 2018

Post date: 2018-08-28T10:11:01-05:00

19 Access Medical Clinics throughout Arkansas connects to SHARE. All clinics are sending Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, and Discharge Summaries.

About Access Medical Clinic

Access Medical Clinics are leading family practice clinics that provide a complete complement of care and treatment options for patients from Ash Flat, Marked Tree, Bono, and Black Rock, and throughout Arkansas. This dedicated team of physicians, family nurse practitioners, nurses and other healthcare providers and support staff, Access Medical Clinic is committed to helping every member of your family stay as healthy as possible at every age and every stage of life. The clinics offer an array of Medical Care Services, including routine and school physicals, Chronic Care Management, Urgent Care and Walk-ins, Medicare Annual Wellness visits, Women’s Health Services, and other Preventive Care.

Arkansas Clinics Connected to SHARE

Post date: 2018-08-24T13:10:59-05:00

 

Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale joins SHARE. Arkansas Children's Northwest, Arkansas Childen's Hospital and Arkansas Children’s primary care/specialty care clinics are sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Continuity of Care Documents (CCD's) and Discharge Summaries.

Arkansas Children’s Northwest

The 200,000 children of Northwest Arkansas now have quick, easy access to comprehensive pediatric medical care 24/7 at Arkansas Children's Northwest (ACNW), the region’s first and only children’s hospital and pediatric emergency room. This milestone marks the first time that pediatric emergency medical services have been available where Northwest Arkansas children live, learn and play. Arkansas Children’s Northwest is designed, staffed and equipped just for children. As the region’s only comprehensive pediatric health center, Arkansas Children’s Northwest also offers families:

  • 24 inpatient rooms for overnight stays
  • A primary care clinic and a wide variety of sub-specialty services
  • A state-of-the-art pediatric surgery unit with 5 operating rooms
  • A full range of ancillary and diagnostic services, child life, social work and pastoral care programs
  • 233,613 square feet of wellness space designed to maximize children’s discovery & delight
  • Outdoor gardens, nature trails and interactive features designed specifically for children
  • A helipad and refueling station supporting Angel One, one of the nation’s leading pediatric intensive care transport services

See more about Arkansas Children’s Northwest at: www.archildrens.org/northwest-arkansas-expansion

 

About Arkansas Children’s

Children are at the center of everything we do. Arkansas Children’s is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows our organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas.

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) is a pediatric hospital with a level 1 trauma center, that’s located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is among the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States and serves children from birth to age 21. ACH is affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is a teaching hospital with the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.

 

Arkansas Children’s is driven by four core values:  safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, Arkansas Children’s has continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, Arkansas Children’s is more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our system includes two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

See more about Arkansas Children’s here: https://www.archildrens.org/

Post date: 2018-08-22T11:13:57-05:00

 

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System (SMRHS) is live with SHARE, sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Continuity of Care Documents (CCD's) and Discharge Summaries.

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a 170-bed full-service hospital located in Russellville, Arkansas, they provide a comprehensive range of medical services and high quality care. SMRHS is a forward thinking, innovative hospital where trust, teamwork and technology come together to make a positive difference in the health of their community and region. SMRHS Joint Commission accreditation powerfully demonstrates our commitment to meet the highest national standards for quality and safety. But our most important mission here is to serve you and your family. So we combine the medical and technological resources of a regional center for healthcare with the warm, friendly and personal touch of a caring, compassionate staff.

Hospital Information

  • 170 licensed beds
  • 625 hospital employees (900+ including off-site/contract)
  • 77 Active Physicians
  • 43 Consulting Physicians
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission
  • Millard-Henry Clinic (5 locations)
  • Valley Health Services
  • Outpatient Therapy Center
  • Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center

 

Post date: 2018-08-22T11:11:47-05:00

 

National Park Medical Center (NPMC) is live with SHARE, sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Continuity of Care Documents (CCD's) and Discharge Summaries.

National Park Medical Center’s is proud to be a community health leader in Hot Springs and the surrounding communities. As a 166-bed full-service hospital, they provide a comprehensive range of medical services and high quality care. NPMC is a forward thinking, innovative hospital where trust, teamwork and technology come together to make a positive difference in the health of their community and region. NPMC Joint Commission accreditation powerfully demonstrates their commitment to meet the highest national standards for quality and safety. But their most important mission is to serve you and your family. So they combine the medical and technological resources of a regional center for healthcare with the warm, friendly and personal touch of a caring, compassionate staff.

To download a printable fact sheet, please click on the following link. National Park Medical Center Printable Fact Sheet

Post date: 2018-08-20T12:39:17-05:00

 

Despite widespread support for organ donation, a severe shortage in the number of organs donated exists. More than 118,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a kidney, heart, liver or other vital organ, and another person is added to that list every 16 minutes. Statistics reveal an average of 18 individuals will die each day while waiting for an available organ. Estimates indicate that more than 25,000 Americans die each year under circumstances that would allow them to become organ donors, but an average of only about 5,000 a year actually donate.

However, knowing this shortage, ARORA uses SHARE (Arkansas’ Statewide Health Information Exchange) to access patient’s information in real time from hospitals and clinics across the State of Arkansas. This allows real-time decisions on if a patient is eligible for organ donation based on their diagnosis, laboratory results, progress notes as well as many other factors. Before having access to SHARE, Paul Coulter, Donation Development Liaison stated “ARORA staff had to drive to hospitals and review the patient’s medical chart before we could deem the patient a candidate for organ donation. This would take many hours,” he said.

During this summer Paul stated “SHARE simply helped restore the life of someone on the waiting list by allowing our providers to have real-time access to a medical history to determine if donation was possible.  We had a family who mentioned their loved one had a cancer diagnosis, but didn’t know all the details.  We researched the patient’s medical records and didn’t find the cancer diagnosis. We then checked SHARE where we found the complete story regarding the cancer, which resulted in the patient becoming a tissue donor. Because of SHARE’s ability to display multiple hospitals’ visits, we were easily able to find the information needed. Without SHARE, this patient would not have been able to enhance the lives of others due to the lack of information.  Donation provides hope and healing for donor families as they know their loved ones helped others in a time of great need.

Paul stated that “Research indicates the primary reason for not donating is lack of education about the subject. A single, multi-organ donor can provide as many as seven organs—heart, liver, two kidneys, two lungs pancreas, and intestine for transplantation—as well as tissue, including corneas, heart valves, skin and bone. Less than one per cent of all deaths are potential organ donors, which also greatly limits the number of organs available for transplant.”

As part of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), ARORA is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There are three organ transplant centers in Arkansas: Arkansas Children's Hospital, Baptist Health Medical Center and UAMS, all located in Little Rock. Arkansas Children’s Hospital performs heart and kidney transplants; Baptist Medical Center performs heart transplants; and UAMS performs kidney and liver transplants. Surgical centers throughout the state perform tissue transplants, including bone, skin, and cornea grafts.

Since 1988, more than 336,000 kidney transplants have been performed annually across the United States with a success rate of 95 percent. In 2012 there were more than 28,000 organ transplants and more than 450,000 tissue transplants. Each transplant procedure, over the past several years, has shown an increase in not only the number of cases performed each year, but in the success rate as well.

Simply put, having access to SHARE has saved our agency time and resources while making every effort to provide organs and tissues for life-saving and life-enhancing transplantations.

 About Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA)

 

The Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) was established in 1987 as a non-profit, independent organ procurement agency. ARORA is headquartered in Little Rock, with a satellite office in northwest Arkansas located in Fayetteville. Serving 64 counties in the state, ARORA is managed by an executive director who reports to a board of directors. ARORA is also served by an Advisory Council, consisting of transplant surgeons, related physicians, donor family members, transplant recipients, hospital administrators and public representatives.

 

ARORA’s mission is to restore lives through the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant.

Post date: 2018-08-16T11:23:15-05:00

 

The Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Mainline Health Systems in Southeastern Arkansas which has thirteen clinics that cover 4 counties have increased their mammogram rates by using SHARE (Arkansas Statewide Health Information Exchange).

Despite gains in recent decades, breast cancer screening rates in the United States remain relatively low, especially among the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Providers and nurses across the Mainline Health System have devised strategies to boost screening rates among the economically disadvantaged patients and patients from underserved racial and ethnic groups, as well as among the general population in the Delta Region in Arkansas.

Mainline Health Systems new effort seeks to increase breast cancer screening rates by eliminating barrier for many women, especially those in vulnerable populations.

If a patient has identified they have received the mammogram at their local hospital, designated staff can log in to SHARE’s Virtual Health Record and pull down the results in real-time.


In order to boost screening rates, Mainline Health System clinics are revisiting its methods for reaching out to patients who are overdue for a mammogram. The traditional approach is to send reminders through the mail, but changes in technology, and in how we use technology, suggest a more fitting option: Simply using SHARE to access real-time information on their patients from around the State of Arkansas regardless of the electronic health records other hospitals or specialist use. Hoping to increase screening participation, Mainline Health System is developing SHARE in its workflow and has proven more effective in getting real-time mammogram results on their patients. This could be especially true for economically disadvantaged patients.

Having access to patient mammograms, labs, and progress notes in real-time has dramatically improved health outcomes in each of their clinics since using SHARE, improving the lives of patients while continuing to increase mammograms in our patients.

 

About Mainline Health Systems

 

Mainline Health Systems, a non-profit organization, has provided affordable medical care for the residents of Southeast Arkansas since 1978. From their first office in Portland all those years ago, Mainline Health Systems has grown to thirteen locations serving Arkansas residents in Ashley, Chicot, Drew, and Lincoln counties. Every year, Mainline Health Systems' healthcare professionals treat thousands of patients who either have no insurance or not enough insurance to cover essential health services. We will never deny care to those in need. Mainline Health Systems' mission is to provide compassionate, quality care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Mainline Health Systems' financial assistance programs ensure that everyone in the communities who require medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare can receive it. For more information, visit www.mainlinehealth.net

 

About SHARE

The Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) has over 74 hospitals connected/connecting in Arkansas and 61 hospitals in Oklahoma, 14 hospitals in Missouri and over 1,400 facilities/practices connected. SHARE is a secure, electronic system that allows health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real-time. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.