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McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic continues their partnership with SHARE in the Delta Region

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 08:00 -- Whitney Mayo

Little Rock, Arkansas   September 2019

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announces a continued partnership McGehee Hospital in an innovative move that allows the secure sharing of patient medical records with other SHARE connected physicians and providers in the Arkansas delta region of McGehee.

The continued partnership with McGhee Hospital allows for the secure flow of McGehee Hospital patient data to SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). This connection also includes the McGehee Family Clinic. Health care providers in Desha County and neighboring counties can securely access medical records through SHARE. Patient records are available around the clock and in real-time, enhancing patient care in the delta region. Patients of McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic benefit from a higher quality of care as a result of this 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.

SHARE is integrated with hospital and clinic electronic health record (EHR) systems, CPSI. They are sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care. 

SHARE is also assisting in real-time 30-day readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows the hospital 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.

Additionally, 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.  The care teams are also accessing clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information through SHARE’s Virtual Health Record and Secure Messaging.

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows significant access to better coordination with hospitals, specialists and behavioral health providers across the state to see a more robust picture of their patients’ medical histories, engendering efficient and safe continuity of care.  By accessing the Virtual Health Record (VHR), it displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. The VHR retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

McGehee Hospital and Clinic can view the following patient data through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results and Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents and Progress Notes
  • Immunizations and Vitals

Not all technology improves patient care–that’s why SHARE focuses on providing only the data McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic needs and have the right tools to integrate with their workflow and systems, meaning they save time and can focus on what matters most…the patient.

About McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic

The McGehee community benefits daily from the success of the Share the Pride campaign. The hospital is modern and well-equipped. The McGehee Family Clinic is open weekdays Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Friday from 8 am to noon.  At the clinic, McGehee residents continue to experience convenient one-stop healthcare, low wait time and superior personal care. New programs to help those with chronic illnesses are in development. The new clinic has a direct $2.4 million economic impact on the community. Learn more about McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic:  http://www.mymcgeheehospital.org