Colorado Among First States in Nation to Share Health Information Across Health Care Organizations
Four Health Care Organizations Exchange Electronic Medical Record Data to Improve Patient Quality and Affordability for Millions of Coloradans
The effort, a key component of Governor Ritter's Building Blocks to Healthcare Reform, aims to prevent medical errors, streamline care, improve quality, eliminate costly duplication of tests, and promote health care affordability through interoperability of health information.
"Our health care system is broken and inefficient," said Gov.
Currently, 500 emergency clinicians are being trained to use the system, which shares the following information across emergency departments at The Children's Hospital, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, and
- Laboratory results
- Medication history
- EKG images
- Radiology text reports
- Simple "problem lists" based on common diagnosis language
As a result of the new system, emergency clinicians have immediate access to critical, accurate health information that before was often difficult to track down in a timely manner or at all.
Now, doctors and nurses will know what medications patients may be using, if they've had x-rays already performed, or if they suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes. Armed with this data at the time of care, clinicians make better treatment decisions, patients are spared the cost of additional tests, and adverse events can be avoided.
The health information exchange, which officially went live on
"On behalf of the CEOs of the four partners - three hospitals and a health plan - and the entire CORHIO Board, I want to express what a proud moment this is for Colorado," said
The planning and development of the CORHIO system, which began in 2004, is supported by a
"AHRQ is pleased to have helped this important health IT initiative get off the ground," said AHRQ Director
Interoperability, Health IT, and Health Care Reform
Interoperability of electronic health information and regional health information organizations have been at the center of the Bush administration's plans to make electronic health records more readily available. President-elect
Investing in health information technology is also a key feature of the Obama-Biden plan to reduce health care costs and
The CORHIO interoperability model, which pulls data directly from the electronic health record system of each participating organization instead of a central repository, is believed to be a safer and a more secure way to maintain patient privacy.
Information for Patients
Participation in the CORHIO program is voluntary. All patients have the option to opt- out of the exchange, which means their medical history information will be blocked from the system. Individuals can do this when they arrive in the Emergency Department of participating hospitals. Kaiser Permanente members can opt-out by calling Kaiser Permanente Member Services at 303-338-3800 or visiting www.kp.org.
More About CORHIO
CORHIO is a nonprofit organization with a mission to facilitate the electronic health information exchange to improve the health of all Coloradans. As a state level organization, CORHIO is a collaborative partnership, engaging the public and private sectors as well as a broad range of individuals, organizations, agencies, and policy makers to develop and support statewide health information exchange. For more information, visit www.corhio.org.