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November 2018

Post date: 2018-11-30T13:27:48-06:00

 

SHARE is now sending real-time event notifications to over 50 Arkansas Hospitals on their patients that have been readmitted to another facility within 30 days.

  • Assisting in Lowering Readmission Rates
  • Identifying High Risk Patients
  • Assisting in Lowering Potential Payment Penalties

Little Rock, Arkansas – November, 2018   The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now sending 30-day readmission notifications in real-time across the State to assist hospitals in combatting readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows hospitals to receive a secure message notification when a patient that discharged from their facility, was readmitted into any SHARE participating hospital within a 30-day timeframe. This assists hospitals in lowering readmissions, identifying high risk patients which in turn could lover their potential payment penalties.

In order for a hospital to participate and receive 30-day readmission notifications they must send ADT (Admit, Discharge and Transfer) data to SHARE.  SHARE uses very specific message types in order for the facility to receive the information they want without a lot of outliers. 

ADT notifications are a way to ensure hospitals and providers have the information necessary to navigate occasionally rocky transitions of care and stay up-to-date on a patient’s status for post-hospital follow-up, if needed.

By keeping hospitals and providers aware of a patient’s condition as they move across the continuum of care, SHARE can enable better informed clinical decisions, reduce costs related to readmissions, and address potential health concerns or threats to patient safety as soon as possible.   Gaining access to clinical patient data at discharge via SHARE has the potential to reduce 30-day same-cause hospital readmissions and furthermore avert the potential costs of readmissions.

If your hospital is interested in receiving 30-day readmissions on your patients, contact SHARE today. 

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

SHARE’s Mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health-related operations.

SHARE’s Vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

Post date: 2018-11-15T14:55:04-06:00

Did you know that over 60 million Americans live in rural and frontier communities? Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, but these communities also have unique healthcare needs, which is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 15, 2018 to celebrate National Rural Health Day!

SHARE is now collaborating with medical and dental clinics at Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers in Northern and Northwest Arkansas.  SHARE is providing access to daily reports when their patients are admitted and discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers offer comprehensive medical services to ensure patients receive all the medical services needed. They offer a number of diagnostic tests and services within their medical clinics in Marshall, Clinton, Southside (Bee Branch), Center Ridge, Yellville, Mountain View, Huntsville, Green Forest, Jasper, and Deer, Arkansas.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers includes over 36 primary care, behavioral health, dentistry and specialty providers with offices in eight counties in Northern and Northwest Arkansas. The data exchange services from SHARE will provide secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible than with paper files. Together, SHARE and Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers are working to change health care to better serve the residents of Northern and Northwest Arkansas.

On-site services include:

  • Preventative, acute, chronic, episodic for adults and pediatrics
  • X-rays (can also refer out)
  • Lab drawing services (can also refer out)
  • Pulmonary function testing (spirometry) to measure how well the lungs take in and release air
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) to check for problems with the electrical activity of your heart
  • Diabetes education
  • Health screenings, education, and prevention
  • Annual physicals for adults and children
  • School and sports physicals
  • Minor surgery to remove lumps and moles
  • Stitches for cuts
  • Wellness visits and case management
  • Referral to specialty care
  • Prescription medication assistance
  • Assistance in applying for insurance
  • Chronic case management
  • Food bags
  • Wellness centers
  • Children’s immunizations
  • Adult vaccines (flu, pneumonia)

Special areas of medical expertise include:

  • Family Practice
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Dentistry
  • Diabetes Self-Management
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse

About Boston Mountain Rural Health Center:

Established in 1994, Boston Mountain Rural Health Center (BMRHC) is a family and community health center with ten medical clinics and four dental clinics located in medically underserved areas of Northwest and North Central Arkansas. They offer a wide range of services for insured, uninsured, and underinsured patients. The highly trained doctors, dentists, and healthcare professionals at BMRHC are committed to providing comprehensive medical and dental services to all Arkansas residents in the following counties regardless of their ability to pay: Searcy, Van Buren, Madison, Newton, Carroll, Marion, Stone, and Conway.

If a patient cannot pay for health services, BMRHC offers a discounted fee program for patients that qualify. In addition, BMRHC prescription medication assistance programs can help their patients obtain the medicine they need at a price they can afford. At BMRHC, it is their mission to provide high quality, accessible, affordable, patient-centered health care to improve the well-being of patients in the communities they serve. Make them your patient-centered medical home today. To schedule an appointment, call the location you wish to visit or request an appointment onlineThey also offer translation services for 36 languages.

For more information, visit: https://www.bmrhc.net/

 

 

 

 

 

Post date: 2018-11-15T09:06:06-06:00

SHARE is now sharing patients results with MHC in a phased approach.

  • Phase I: Admission, Discharge and Transfers (ADT) notifications are sent based on the patient’s home of record for all Mercy Hospitals in Arkansas (7 Hospitals) and Missouri (14 Hospitals)
  • Phase II: Connect Mercy hospitals and clinics to SHARE sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • Phase III: Seamlessly deliver patient health information (Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Transcribed Documents) across each state’s boarder based on the patient’s home of record

Little Rock, Arkansas – November, 2018 The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now connected to Missouri Health Connection (MHC) exchanging admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications for patients who live in either state during a phased approach of connection.

This landmark announcement comes after the two health information exchanges are successfully exchanging ADTs with all Mercy Hospitals in Arkansas and Missouri. This is an important achievement to the benefit of patients in both states. It is a great milestone for both SHARE and MHC and we’re happy to implement a solution that allows healthcare providers and hospitals to connect across state borders and SHARE patient results in a HIPAA compliant, secure environment, says Angie Bass, President and CEO, MHC.

By connecting with our border state, Missouri Health Connection will help to improve transitions of care (TOC) for patients who cross the state line. Our collaboration as neighboring states will help providers and hospitals better communicate with one another to better coordinate patient care, and assist in reduction of readmission rates regardless of state borders.

Natural disasters, like tornados in Arkansas and Missouri, present challenges to health systems and providers not only in areas directly impacted, but also to those in neighboring regions who treat patients displaced by the catastrophe. One of the greatest issues: access to patient records. With proper connections, Health Information Exchanges play key role in transmitting patient data. With this connection, both HIE’s will be able to seamlessly deliver patient health information (CCDs, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Transcribed Documents) across each state’s boarder based on the patient’s home of record.

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and MHC are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, identifying potential social determinants of health, potential natural disasters and assisting with payer relations, among other efforts, says Anne Santifer, Executive Director, SHARE.

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

SHARE’s Mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health-related operations.

SHARE’s Vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

For more information, visit:  SHAREarkansas.com

 

 

 

 

About Missouri Health Connection (MHC):

MHC, a private, non-profit, statewide health information exchange network, is one of the largest HIE’s in the United States that provides a secure and private electronic platform to electronically share health information.  Since January 2014, the MHC network has been providing the electronic exchange of health records enabling physicians to quickly and securely access patient health records while treating their patients which has improved the quality of health care delivery by coordinating care, reducing preventable errors and avoiding treatment duplication.  MHC’s network includes more than 109 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and more than 7,000 physicians treating more than 15 million patients.

For more information, visit:  https://missourihealthconnection.org