ATLANTA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Tift Regional Medical Center has chosen the RelayHealth for Health Information Exchange (HIE) powered by the RelayClinical Platform. The RelayHealth HIE will benefit patient care, hospital operations and physician practices while helping the hospital meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, said Guy McAllister, assistant vice president and chief information officer at Tift Regional Medical Center, Tifton, Ga.
“As the industry moves toward population health management and accountable care systems, providers are seeking ways to improve care quality through better care coordination”
“When we’re up and running with the first HIE integration deadline, it will be a big help for patients,” said McAllister. He explained that patients in the hospital’s physician practice group who are referred to the hospital for lab work, for example, currently must register a second time and provide often duplicate information. “It’s frustrating for patients and takes extra time,” McAllister said. “Using the RelayClinical Platform for HIE will be much simpler and easier.”
Tift Regional Medical Center, which is part of the recently announced Stratus Healthcare, a not-for-profit limited-liability corporation comprising 29 hospitals in south and central Georgia, will use the RelayHealth HIE to help physicians adopt electronic ordering that will help reduce human interaction as orders, lab results and other information move between systems via the HIE.
“RelayHealth offered an HIE solution that was real, that we didn’t have to wait for someone to develop,” McAllister said. “We can deploy one vendor, one solution across multiple care channels. RelayHealth hosts the HIE platform and the infrastructure, so we don’t have to.”
That fact that RelayHealth’s HIE already connects hospitals across Georgia and elsewhere was another selling point for the RelayHealth Clinical Platform. Tift Regional Medical Center has plans to share patient information with South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Ga., (another RelayHealth HIE customer) and other hospitals up and down the Interstate 75 corridor to create a continuum of care throughout Georgia.
“As the industry moves toward population health management and accountable care systems, providers are seeking ways to improve care quality through better care coordination,” said Jeff Felton, president, RelayHealth. “We commend Tift Regional Medical Center for demonstrating a strong commitment to the health of its communities.”
Looking beyond the initial implementation, McAllister said the RelayHealth HIE can provide relevant actionable information that will prove invaluable to drive population health analytics. This will allow the medical center to identify and address significant health issues among its mainly rural population.
“Our chief medical officer and leadership work closely together, and a patient care network powered by the RelayHealth HIE will drive clinical excellence and promote a standard of care among our primary care doctors,” McAllister said.
In choosing an HIE solution, Tift Regional Medical Center assembled a team that included four physicians to evaluate a half-dozen HIE vendors before choosing RelayHealth. “We spent six to eight months evaluating vendors, and RelayHealth was a unanimous decision,” McAllister recalled. “RelayHealth provided the best solution and for a fair price.”
The CIO said he appreciates having a single contact should any issues arise. “Having one contact takes away from the finger-pointing from one vendor to another that often happens,” McAllister said. “In this quick-changing healthcare environment, I just don’t have time for that.”
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About Tift Regional Medical Center
With a reputation as an innovative provider of quality care, Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is a not-for-profit, 191-bed regional hospital serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia. Located in Tifton, the hospital’s medical staff includes more than 125 physicians representing over 30 specialties. TRMC offers signature services in surgery, oncology, cardiovascular care, neurology, women’s health, radiology and much more. The system also owns Cook Medical Center (CMC), a 60-bed acute care hospital that includes the Sylvia Barr Center, a 12-bed geriatric and psychiatric unit in Adel, Ga.