Inland Empire Health Information Exchange, serving 4.1 million residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in southern California, is launching pilot programs this year and will use HIE software from Orion Health.

Self-funded Inland Empire comprises 48 organizations, including 21 hospitals, 21 group practices, two medical associations and the hospital association, both county health departments and clinics, and a public health plan serving 530,000 low-income members. Fourteen organizations representing 2,500 beds, 800 physicians and more than 1 million residents have enrolled in the pilot programs scheduled to start in April.

The first phase will include secure messaging, real-time alerts of patient updates, and clinical data exchange including medical histories, discharge summaries, medication records, patient access to data via a portal, and laboratory, radiology and ECG/EKG results.

The second phase, scheduled to start in June, will cover placing lab and radiology orders, limited case/disease management and availability of a basic electronic health record.

The third phase, scheduled for August, will test standalone or EHR-integrated electronic prescribing with ordering and renewals, formulary checks, and a streamlined workflow; and an enterprise image viewer, according to the HIE’s Web site. More information is available at

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