Columbus Regional Hospital joins nation’s largest HIE

Sept. 9, 2010

Columbus, Indiana (September 8, 2010) — Columbus Regional Hospital is bringing the nation’s largest health information exchange to the Columbus, Ind. area to better serve patients. Joining over 65 hospitals, long term care facilities and other healthcare providers, Columbus Regional Hospital is now part of a statewide network that allows physicians to securely access necessary information to make decisions critical to patient care.

The Regenstrief Institute’s Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC) daily handles approximately 2.5 million secure transactions of clinically relevant data such as laboratory test results, medication and treatment histories, and other clinically important information in a standardized, electronic format. This information is critical to diagnoses, treatment and referral decisions and will be available to Columbus Regional Hospital healthcare providers.  The INPC is supported by the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE).

Columbus Regional Hospital is a 225-bed facility providing emergency and surgical services, a primary stroke center, chest pain center, lung center, heart center, cancer center, and many other specialty areas.  The INPC enables Columbus Regional Hospital to be part of the nation’s largest health information exchange, providing important clinical information in a standardized, electronic format.

IHIE connects the state’s hospitals, other healthcare facilities and physicians so they can provide the safest and highest quality patient care possible, while saving time and money.  This inter-connected network provides clinical information in a standardized, secure, electronic format.  The information follows the patient, rather than being siloed in a physician office or a single hospital system.  The network serves more than six million patients and over 19,000 physicians.

The INPC also supports services including delivering test results and reports to physicians through the DOCS4DOCS Service and also provides a chronic disease and preventive health service through the Quality Health First Program, offered by IHIE.

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