As part of the federal Beacon Community Program, IBM's Initiate Patient will provide the software backbone for HealthBridge's health information exchange in Cincinnati.
health IT vendor HealthBridge
has announced the use of IBM's Initiate Patient software to bolster an existing
health information exchange (HIE) for the Cincinnati region.
in 1997, HealthBridge is a leading HIE organization that serves Indiana,
Kentucky and Ohio (the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region). It
consists of 50 hospitals, 800 physician practices and 7,500 physicians.
are intended to increase connectivity among electronic health record (EHR)
databases so that doctors, lab technicians and insurance companies can access
the necessary documents and images-patient histories, X-rays, lab reports and
prescription data-to coordinate care.
is a partner in the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration (GCBC), a group of
health care organizations in the region that intends for the sharing of patient
data to improve health outcomes and transition of care while lower health care
federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information
Technology awarded Cincinnati a Beacon
grant in September 2010.
is an initiative by the ONC that provides funding for 17 communities that have
shown innovation in adopting secure EHR and HIE platforms, but are looking to
strengthen their platforms while increasing the quality of care and lowering
health care spending.
HIE focuses on patients with adult diabetes or childhood asthma, Keith Hepp,
interim CEO of HealthBridge, told eWEEK.
is creating community disease registries to keep track of patients with these
multiple doctors have access to vital health information, it makes continuity
of care possible and provides doctors with information on population health to
treat chronic conditions.
Initiate Patient is an enterprise master patient index that will enable doctors
accessing the HealthBridge HIE to access a single view of patient records, Sean
Cassidy, IBM director of health care products, told eWEEK.
the names and addresses of patients vary from one provider's health record to
another, the probabilistic matching technology of Initiate Patient is necessary
to allow doctors to "connect the dots" on patient records, Cassidy
you deal with so many different organizations and millions of patients, you need
to be able to do all of that matching and be able to scale," he explained.
Patient also includes a data-stewardship tool to allow doctors to compare
records side by side to see if they're related, Cassidy noted. Management tools
in the application ensure high quality of data, he added.
addition, the software supports the Health Level Seven International (HL7)
global interoperability standard for health care IT.
Initiate Patient's Patient Demographics Query (PDQ) profile allows health professionals
to manage, update and query patient data, according to Cassidy. The software
also supports Patient Identifier Cross-Referencing (PIX) for cross-referring
patient records from various patient identifier domains.
announced its use of Initiate Patient on Nov. 18.