Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind., has joined the Indiana Network for Patient Care, linking the 232-bed community hospital with 40 other medical facilities serving six million patients.

Created by Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute, the network is a service of the Indiana Health Information Exchange and furthers expansion beyond central Indiana to serve patients in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Good Samaritan Hospital is a pilot site for a next-generation platform for the Indiana Network for Patient Care. The hospital also will link with two hospitals in Evansville, Ind., to expand health information exchange in the region.

The Indiana Network for Patient Care is a "pull" service, enabling the retrieval of patient data from the information systems of participating provider organizations. The Indiana Health Information Exchange also offers the DOCS4DOCS Service, which is a "push" network that delivers test results, physician consultation notes, discharge summaries and other such documents. The exchange further operates the Quality First Program offering quality-related reminders and measurements, and the Public Health Emergency Surveillance System.

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