DENVER, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CORHIO, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, announced today that Quest Diagnostics is now connected to its health information exchange (HIE), and as a result all of the largest medical laboratories are now participating in the network that links health care providers throughout the state. Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services. The company operates a clinical laboratory in Denver that serves patients in Colorado. "Given our long-standing commitment to Colorado, we are proud to participate in the exchange, and look forward to delivering diagnostic insights that help drive better health for patients and providers in the state," says Stuart Smith, Regional Vice President, Commercial, Quest Diagnostics.
Quest Diagnostics joins LabCorp, Colorado Laboratory Services (CLS) and nearly all of the state's large hospital laboratories as active participants on the CORHIO HIE network. Cedar Diagnostics and Schryver Medical are two additional large medical laboratories that are in the process of connecting to the CORHIO HIE. As a result of broad participation by labs in Colorado, CORHIO estimates that more than 60 percent of all medical lab tests performed in the state can be exchanged through its secure, state-of-the-art network.
"The nation's leading medical labs and the hospital labs recognize that delivering patient results through a community-based electronic health information exchange not only helps improve patient care, but also helps keep the costs of technology low for providers," says Larry Wolk, M.D., chief executive officer at CORHIO. "We appreciate these labs' commitment to support the needs of both health care providers and patients in Colorado."
CORHIO (pronounced cō-ree-ō) is dedicated to improving health care quality for all Coloradans through health information exchange (HIE). As the state designated entity for HIE, CORHIO collaborates with health care stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, public health, long-term care, laboratories, health plans and patients to improve care collaboration through secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information. CORHIO is a not-for-profit supported in large part by grants, including awards from the Colorado Health Foundation and from federal ARRA HITECH funds. CORHIO's technical infrastructure is built on industry-leading HIE technology developed and maintained by Medicity. For more information about CORHIO, please visit www.corhio.org.