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Simmons Care Clinics Embrace SHARE HIE for Enhanced Healthcare & Improved Follow-up

Little Rock, Arkansas July 2023           In a remarkable development for patient care, Simmons Care Clinics have recently adopted the SHARE Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform to leverage its Virtual Health Record and Direct Secure Messaging capabilities. This progressive move allows the clinics to enhance their healthcare services while also improving follow-up care for patients discharged from emergency departments (EDs) and inpatient (IP) facilities.

SHARE HIE has emerged as a leading healthcare information exchange platform, facilitating secure and efficient communication among healthcare providers. With its robust features and interoperability, SHARE HIE enables seamless exchange of patient health information, leading to better-informed decisions and improved patient outcomes. Simmons Care Clinics have recognized the potential of SHARE HIE and have integrated it into their operations to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare services.

One of the key benefits of the SHARE HIE platform for Simmons Care Clinics is the Virtual Health Record functionality. This advanced feature enables healthcare providers to access comprehensive patient records in real-time, regardless of the physical location. By utilizing the Virtual Health Record, Simmons Care Clinics can access recent hospital discharge summaries and specialist notes in real-time allowing for a holistic view of a patients’ needs.

Through the Direct Secure Messaging feature, Simmons Care Clinics can communicate securely and efficiently with other healthcare providers, such as EDs and IP facilities. This capability is particularly valuable for receiving notifications about patients who have recently been discharged from such facilities. By leveraging SHARE HIE to receive these hospitalization notifications, Simmons Care Clinics can ensure better follow-up care and post-discharge support for their patients.

The integration of SHARE HIE into the daily operations of Simmons Care Clinics has resulted in a significant transformation of their healthcare delivery model. Patients can now experience the convenience of the clinic accessing recent events outside of the clinic, saving them time from manually bringing in their paper records.

Moreover, the utilization of SHARE HIE for notifications on ED and IP discharges enhances the continuum of care for patients. By being promptly informed about their patients’ hospital visits and discharges, Simmons Care Clinics can proactively reach out to patients and provide necessary follow-up care, reducing the risk of complications and ensuring a smoother recovery process.

In addition to benefiting patients, Simmons Care Clinics also reap substantial advantages from the adoption of SHARE HIE. The platform streamlines administrative processes by automating data exchange and reducing paperwork, resulting in improved efficiency, and reduced administrative burden for healthcare providers. Furthermore, the enhanced collaboration and communication fostered by SHARE HIE enable better care coordination and informed decision-making among the healthcare team at Simmons Care Clinics, said Vonda Syler, Administrator of Simmons Care Clinics. 

Simmons Care Clinics’ implementation of SHARE HIE reflects their commitment to leveraging technology to deliver superior patient care. By harnessing the Virtual Health Record and Direct Secure Messaging capabilities, Simmons Care Clinics are at the forefront of utilizing innovative healthcare solutions. The integration of these advanced features has positioned the clinics to adapt to the evolving healthcare landscape and cater to the needs of their patients effectively.

As the healthcare industry continues to embrace digital transformation, Simmons Care Clinics’ partnership with SHARE HIE serves as a shining example of how technology can revolutionize healthcare delivery. By harnessing the power of information exchange and enhanced follow-up care, Simmons Care Clinics are setting new standards in patient-centric care and paving the way for a brighter future in healthcare.

About Simmons Care Clinic: Their vision is to improve the health and happiness of Simmons team members by offering affordable, high-quality healthcare.

Who is eligible for care at a Simmons Care Clinic? As healthcare costs continue to increase, Simmons Foods is dedicated to providing comprehensive family care at no cost to team members and their dependents covered by Simmons’ Medical Plan.

Clinic Locations:  Siloam Springs, AR, Southwest City, MO, Van Buren, AR & Emporia, KS.


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