The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) will partner with HealthBridge, a not-for-profit health information exchange located in Cincinnati, to establish health information exchange services for the Greater Dayton region. According to the two organizations, the partnership will create one of the nation’s largest secure health information networks connecting hospitals and physicians in Dayton and Cincinnati. Once the Dayton-Cincinnati health information exchange is complete, more than 50 hospitals and 7,500 physicians will be connected across Southwest Ohio.
Several Dayton hospitals, including Premier Health Partners, the Kettering Health Network, and The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, already use an EHR from Epic Systems. Connectivity through HealthBridge will start with nine hospitals that are part of Premier Health Partners and the Kettering Health Network. By the end of 2011, 80 percent of GDAHA hospitals, as well as CompuNet Clinical Labs, and Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County, are expected to be connected to the Dayton health information exchange. In addition, the exchange has a goal of connecting 80 percent of area physicians of 2012.
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association represents 23 hospitals and health systems in the Dayton region. HealthBridge, since its founding in 1997 as a non-profit community-based organization, has grown to become one of the largest HIEs in the country. Each month roughly 3 million clinical lab tests, radiology reports, discharge summaries and other health information are transmitted electronically to more than 5,500 authorized physicians through HealthBridge’s secure technology network.
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