Little Rock, Arkansas – July, 2019 SHARE, the Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE), recently connected to Forrest City Family Practice Clinic, Dr. George Conner MD Clinic in Forrest City, Arkansas.
The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.
This type of continued collaboration is what SHARE is working on by connecting innovative family medicine practices, such as Forrest City Family Practice Clinic to the statewide HIE,” said HIT Policy Integrator Justin Villines. “The healthcare ecosystem continues to need these types of interactions that can lead to some really innovative partnerships that help increase how we can better deliver health care to Arkansas patients,” said Villines.
Through this interface connection with Athena electronic medical record (EMR) system, Forrest City Family Practice Clinic is now able to utilize the HIE infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications, immunizations, progress notes to its network of healthcare providers. Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make better clinical decisions. Connections like this continues to aid in better diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing when a patient is referred to another healthcare provider.
Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports delivered through SHARE’s DirectTrust Secure Messaging, notifying Dr. George Conner MD and other 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 their 72-hour follow-up metric. The clinics’ care team at Forrest City Family Practice Clinic is also accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record, that aggregates patients record outside of their system of Athena EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.
About Dr. George Conner, MD –Forrest City Family Practice Clinic:
Dr. George L Conner III, MD, is a Family Practice specialist in Forrest City, Arkansas. He attended and graduated from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1984, having over 35 years of diverse experience, especially in Family Practice. Dr. George Conner is affiliated with Forrest City Medical Center in Forrest City, Arkansas. George L Conner III, MD treats physical symptoms, prescribe medications, diagnose conditions and much more.