LACIE, TIHA Partner on Electronic Health Records Exchange
The collaboration provides caregivers with the medical information needed to make better care decisions for the patient.Tiger Institute Health Alliance (TIHA) in Columbia, Mo., and Lewis and Clark Information Exchange (LACIE) in Kansas City, Mo., announced they are now securely sharing patients' electronic medical records between their respective exchanges. Linking the two health information exchanges will allow providers to securely share patients' up-to-date electronic medical records, including test results, medications and medical histories, with authorized health care professionals at a variety of locations. As part of the agreement, the information exchange involves no connection fees for the network, member providers or patients. The collaboration also provides caregivers with the medical information needed to make better care decisions for the patient. "As Americans become more mobile, they are receiving health care from different providers, often in different cities," Harold A. Williamson Jr., M.D., board chair of the TIHA and vice chancellor of the University of Missouri Health System, said in a statement. "That makes partnerships like these more important. This data sharing will allow physicians to view their patients' medical records from other health care organizations instantly, giving physicians more information to make the best health care decisions."
The Tiger Institute Health Alliance includes 16 health care organizations—representing hospitals, clinics, federally qualified health centers, post-acute care providers, critical access hospitals and health care providers—throughout Missouri employing an array of advanced health information exchange solutions. Initial members began exchanging health information bidirectionally in early 2012.