Seven Denver-Area Hospitals Join Health Information Exchange

Date: February 13th, 2013Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems

HealthONE hospitals join the CORHIO health information exchange, demonstrating a strong commitment to improving care coordination for patients in the Denver metro area

HealthONE has signed an agreement to participate in CORHIO’s secure health information exchange (HIE) network. HealthONE’s seven hospitals join 28 other hospitals around the state already connected to CORHIO, including Centura Health, which operates 13 hospitals, seven of which are also in the Denver metro area. HealthONE is a subsidiary of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the nation’s largest hospital system.

Hospital Participation in the HIE Helps Reduce Readmissions

Studies have shown that coordinated after-hospital care is critical to avoid serious complications and hospital readmissions. By joining the CORHIO HIE, hospitals like HealthONE and Centura Health have demonstrated a strong commitment to the health of patients because HIE will improve their communication with community-based physicians, home health nurses, skilled nursing facilities and other providers. This improved communication helps patients regain their health and avoid unnecessary trips back to the hospital.

HealthONE System Includes Seven Metro Area Hospitals

The HealthONE system includes seven metro Denver hospitals, all of which are joining the HIE:

  • The Medical Center of Aurora
  • North Suburban Medical Center
  • Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
  • Rose Medical Center
  • Sky Ridge Medical Center
  • Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Swedish Medical Center

The HealthONE system also includes 15 stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers, eight occupational medicine and rehabilitation clinics, Airlife Denver and dozens of specialty clinics.

“HealthONE is proud to partner with CORHIO’s HIE to help improve clinical operations for our physicians, nurses and ultimately the patients we serve,” says Chris Wobensmith, CIO, HCA-HealthONE. “We are committed to providing the highest quality patient experience – from great service at the bedside to enhanced clinical processes like CORHIO.”

"We applaud the commitment to patients that HealthONE is demonstrating by participating in our community HIE,” said Larry Wolk, MD, CEO of CORHIO. “With the addition of HealthONE to CORHIO’s network, we’ll have one of the nation’s most robust HIEs in the country. This is a testament to the collaboration of health care leaders across the state and means that Colorado citizens can expect to get some of the highest quality, most coordinated care of any place in the nation.”