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June 2019

Post date: 2019-06-17T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019   SHARE is connected to Highlands Oncology Group (HOG) in Northwest Arkansas.  With 4 locations, their doctors have been providing excellence in cancer care in Northwest Arkansas for decades. Their comprehensive program enables patients to see multiple specialists and support services all under one roof at their convenient locations in Rogers and Fayetteville, Arkansas. They serve the entire Northwest Arkansas, South West Missouri, South East Oklahoma regions.

They are setting the bar for cancer treatment in their region and see patients from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, and all surrounding communities. Highland Oncology Group provides chemotherapy, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, counseling, C.A.R.E. clinic (cancer assessment and risk education), infusion center, physical therapy, cancer treatment and surgeries.

Population-based cancer surveillance is critical in North America for cancer control activities aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States. The Arkansas Central Cancer Registry (ACCR) is a population-based registry designed to collect timely and complete data on all cancer cases diagnosed in the state. Highland Oncology Group locations are implementing their cancer data to go through the SHARE cancer registry interface to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Cancer Registry. By having this connection, SHARE is assisting the clinics in meeting the Promoting Interoperability Program (formally Meaningful Use) requirements as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The Highlands Oncology Group clinics locations are live with sharing data through an interface with their Flatiron EMR system. This allows their referral providers to quickly access patient health data such as; conditions, diagnosis, medical history, social determinants of health (SDOH), medications, vitals and allergies in a secure and efficient manner.

The care coordinators at clinic locations are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record that aggregates patients record outside of their system of local EMR system and enables a more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death behind heart disease in Arkansas. The most frequently diagnosed cancers in the state include lung, colorectal, breast cancer among women, and prostate cancer among men. It is important for SHARE to connect to the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry so that the Arkansas Department of Health can collect cancer information. This information can be used for surveillance to conduct cancer investigations, to assist initiatives for early detection and prevention, and to supply data for research and policy endeavors.

Highlands Oncology Group’s four clinical sites employ 400 staff members who collectively see nearly 6,000 patients each year. Among the staff are 11 medical oncologists, three radiation oncologists, two supportive care physicians, two surgeons, four social workers, two physical therapists, two massage therapists, 52 registered nurses, and one genetic counselor—all directly employed by Highlands. Four oncology pharmacists work in two specialty pharmacies, and a third pharmacy is opening in 2020.

The two largest sites—a 50,000-foot facility in Rogers, Arkansas, and a 20,000-foot facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas—offer multidisciplinary services for all major cancer types. Highlands also has a separate facility for surgical oncology—gynecological and colorectal—in addition to a building for the lung cancer screening program and the Center for Chest Care. Highland Oncology Group- Springdale is planned on being opened in 2020.

About Highland Oncology Group:

Their doctors have been providing excellence in cancer care in Northwest Arkansas for decades. Their comprehensive program enables patients to see multiple specialists and support services all under one roof at their convenient locations in Rogers, Arkansas or Fayetteville, Arkansas. They serve the entire Northwest Arkansas, SW Missouri, SE Oklahoma regions. They are proud to set the bar for cancer treatment in their region and see patients from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, and all surrounding communities.

Certifications

American College of Radiology: ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. Since 1987, the ACR has accredited more than 38,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities. ACR accreditation helps assure patients that this facility provides the highest level of image quality and safety.

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In total, CLIA covers approximately 251,000 laboratory entities. The Division of Laboratory Services, within the Survey and Certification Group, under the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) has the responsibility for implementing the CLIA Program. The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. Although all clinical laboratories must be properly certified to receive Medicare or Medicaid payments, CLIA has no direct Medicare or Medicaid program responsibilities.

Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence: The National Framework for Lung Cancer Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care is a program administered by the Lung Cancer Alliance. For more information about the Lung Cancer Alliance, visit their website at lungcanceralliance.org.

Klose Training Lypmhedema Certification: A lymphedema certification course that trains therapists to safely and effectively treat patients with lymphatic disorders. Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the standard of care for the treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema.

Oncology Certified Nurses Certification: OCN certification is a validation of a nurse’s knowledge in adult oncology. Highlands Oncology Group has several nurses with this certification.

Da Vinci Surgical System: Dr. Joseph J. Ivy, board certified OB/GYN, is a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive gynecologic cancer surgery using the Da Vinci surgical system. He is a certified surgeon lead trainer for robotic surgery and has the state’s largest clinical experience with robotic gynecologic oncology procedures.

For more information visit: https://highlandsoncologygroup.com

Post date: 2019-06-14T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is connected to NEA Baptist, a group of primary care, urgent care and multi-specialty care clinics. NEA Baptist Clinic is located in the Jonesboro, Arkansas area. NEA Baptist Clinic is part of the continued connection of independent and hospital based practices to connect to the SHARE network.

SHARE aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. HIEs like SHARE are designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

The NEA Baptist Clinic locations are live with sharing data through an interface with their EPIC EHR system. This allows their referral providers to quickly access patient health data such as; diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies in a secure, efficient manner.

SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting the 72-hour follow-up metric. The care coordinators at NEA Baptist Clinic locations are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record that aggregates patients record outside of their system of EPIC enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

NEA Baptist Clinic locations are also sending their immunizations through SHARE to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Immunization Registry. Through this interface the clinics are then able to query through SHARE for any immunizations that were given to their patients outside their respective clinic and bring the patients immunizations record back into their EPIC EHR system. By having this connection, SHARE is assisting the clinics in meeting the Promoting Interoperability Program (formally Meaningful Use) requirements as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

SHARE is connected to the following NEA Baptist Clinic primary care, multi-specialty care and urgent care clinics throughout the Jonesboro area and Northeast Arkansas.

The health IT solutions will enable providers to exchange sensitive and critical patient health information through the HIE for improved clinical efficiency and care quality. The EHR-integrated solution is part of the HIE’s efforts to ensure providers have access to relevant health information wherever they need it at the point of care.

About NEA Baptist Clinic:

In 1977, NEA Clinic was formed as a single practice with a moderate number of physicians and subspecialties. Their founders include Dr. Ray Hall, Dr. Michael Mackey, Dr. Robert Taylor, Dr. Michael Hightower, Dr. Stephen Woodruff, Dr. Anthony White, Dr. William Hubbard, Dr. Ronald Blachly, Dr. Michael Isaacson, Dr. Allen Nixon, and the late Dr. Hank Jordan. Since forming in 1977, NEA Baptist Clinic has become a multi-specialty, award-winning clinic and partner with NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. They have become a leader in clinical research and key provider of medical specialty services with hundreds of thousands of clinic visits each year.

Their 2010 merger with Baptist Memorial Health Care out of Memphis, TN was a strategic step toward providing for the long-term well-being of their community. Their progress includes the construction and completion of their new medical campus that opened January 2014. The campus is comprised of the 181-bed NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, adjoining medical office building housing the specialty offices of NEA Baptist Clinic, and the first of its kind, free standing Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.

Their Mission: NEA Baptist Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive, personalized, quality healthcare for our patients throughout the Northeast Arkansas region.

For more information visit: https://neabaptistclinic.com

Post date: 2019-06-11T08:00:45-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019 The Arkansas health information exchange (HIE), State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now connected to HASA Health Information Organization. Through this connection SHARE and HASA are now exchanging admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications for patients who live in Arkansas and Texas. Moving in a phased approach, in the future, of sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) based on the patient’s home of record.

This announcement comes after the two HIEs successfully exchanged ADTs via the Patient Centered Data Home Initiative (PCDH), as both HIEs are members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).  This is an important achievement to the benefit of patients in both states. “It is a great milestone for both SHARE and HASA and we’re happy to implement a solution that allows health care providers and hospitals to connect across state borders and in the future be able to query for a patients’ results in the format of a CCD in a HIPAA compliant secure environment,” says Robert Harris, IT Director of HASA.

The following facilities are now connected sending ADTs to SHARE through HASA based on the patient’s zip code in Arkansas:

 

This connection with HASA will assist in improved transitions of care for patients who cross the state line. Our collaboration as neighboring states will help providers and hospitals better communicate with one another and to better coordinate patient care while assisting in reducing hospital readmissions regardless of state borders.

Natural disasters, like flooding and tornados in Arkansas and Texas, 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 disaster. One of the greatest issues is access to patient records. HIEs are playing a key role in transmitting patient data when and where providers need it most. In the near future, through this connection, both HIEs will be able to seamlessly deliver patient health information like CCDs to include demographics, laboratory results, radiology reports, progress reports and discharge summaries across each state’s border based on the patient’s home of record through the PCDH initiative.

“As the health care landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a pivotal part in providing data that fuels innovation nationwide. SHARE and HASA are working together to contribute to these efforts such as improving population health, assisting in values based programs, natural disasters and assisting with payer relations, among other efforts,” says Anne Santifer, Executive Director, SHARE.

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

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

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 HASA:

Mission: HASA offers value-based, patient-centered information services intended to improve the health status of individuals and the communities it serves. As a 501(c)3 community collaborative, HASA fosters trust, cooperation and communication among its stakeholders.

Vision: Through its stakeholders, HASA offers resources, expertise and counsel to achieve the highest level of health information exchange in the State and Country.

Value: HASA stakeholders and members agree to enhance community health status through a collaborative health information exchange, ensuring that patient privacy and data security is paramount. Members agree to exchange appropriate patient information to enhance care transparency. HASA stakeholders and members commit to support and abide by established standards and conditions of data integrity and data exchange. HASA Stakeholders support the sustainability of the organization through the promotion of fee-for-service programs and alternate funding opportunities.

For more information, visit:  https://www.hasatx.org

Post date: 2019-06-06T10:13:41-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas –  June, 2019.  Right now, an estimated 6.7 million Americans are suffering with chronic, non-healing wounds.  With this problem at hand, the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds by observing Wound Care Awareness Week June 3-7.  SHARE is connected to many primary care and specialty care physicians and clinics that are educating patients and the public about the chronic wound epidemic and advanced wound care solutions.

The Problem: Millions of people throughout the U.S. suffer every day from an epidemic that is expected to grow over the next decade:  Chronic wounds. This problem drastically affects people by diminishing their overall quality of life and potentially decreasing life expectancy if left untreated. Not only are wounds painful, dangerous and scary, but it is also estimated that wounds cost the healthcare industry over $50 billion a year according to Healogics.

Non-healing wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the amount is expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade. An aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and vascular disease, contribute to the chronic wound epidemic. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb according to Healogics. Approximately 30 percent of untreated chronic wounds result in amputation. Five years’ post-amputation the mortality rate is 50 percent.

The collaborative specialty care clinic partners below are working to create a better state of health for Arkansas. With better data exchange such as admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions are assisting care teams across Arkansas in better care coordination and transitions of care.

Continued collaboration with the Statewide Health Information Exchange reflects that coordinated care is extending across a much wider spectrum of facilities than ever before.  SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the State’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

Post date: 2019-06-03T08:43:31-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas June 2019 – The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announces a continued partnership with the Mississippi County Hospital System in a groundbreaking move that will allow the secure sharing of patient medical records with other SHARE connected physicians and providers throughout the State of Arkansas. This expansion will include South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center, Great River Medical Center, their family medicine, internal medicine and specialty care clinics that provide urology, gynecology, obstetrics, pain and wound care services. Health care providers in Mississippi County (Blytheville & Osceola) and neighboring counties can securely access medical records through SHARE. Patient records will be available around the clock and in real-time, enhancing patient care in the Delta Region.

Patients of Mississippi County Hospital System will benefit from a higher quality of care as a result of this new connection. Now caregivers, family doctors, emergency room physicians, specialists, pharmacies and long-term care facilities can have secure, HIPAA-compliant access to patient records in real time as a SHARE participant.

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center and Great River Medical Center hospitals see ~43,000 patients that live in Mississippi County in Northeast Arkansas.  SHARE is integrated with both hospitals’ electronic health record (EHR) system, MEDHOST. They are now sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.  SHARE is also assisting the hospitals in their public health reporting to the Arkansas Department of Health Registries.

Also, SHARE is assisting in real-time 30 day readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows both 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.

Mississippi County Hospital System is home to multiple outpatient clinics that serve the growing needs of their community. They have clinics available for patients looking for an annual wellness exam, planning a preventative procedure, or needs wound care. SHARE is integrated with Athena electronic medical record (EMR) system and is receiving admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions.

The following Mississippi County Hospital System clinics are fully integrated with SHARE through the Athena EMR system interface:

  • Community Health Specialist (MCHS)
  • Great River Family Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Pain Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Urology
  • Great River Women's Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Wound Healing Clinic (MCHS)
  • Mississippi County Primary Care Physicians (MCHS)
  • Practitioner Family Care
  • Ashley A. Chimere MD

SHARE also routes the results from both hospital systems that are on MEDHOST to their Athena clinics in order for the providers to have their patients results in their local environment in real-time. SHARE’s continued mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the state’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

About Mississippi County Hospital System

Mission: To restore, maintain, and improve the health of everyone in the communities they serve.

Vision: To inspire hope in all who seek their help by offering the kind of care they would expect for their own family.

Great River Medical Center

Great River Medical Center (GRMC) is a full-service hospital with 99 beds that is committed to keeping quality health care closer to home for the community. The hospital offers:

 

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center(SMC) is a critical access hospital with 25 beds that is committed to keeping quality health care closer to home for the community. The hospital offers:

 

For more info, visit http://www.mchsys.org