An emerging technology to help providers exchange real-time admission and discharge information on patients is getting an official endorsement in Vermont, for use of the technology by the state’s providers.

Vermont is endorsing the use of PatientPing to help providers keep track of patients and where they are receiving care.

PatientPing, a Google Ventures-backed health technology company, enables providers to be notified instantly when a patient receives care—whether outside a facility or a health system—and the ability to collaborate with providers in different types of care settings.

Vermont state house
Vermont state house

Vermont is the first state to endorse the solution, which PatientPing says is in use by 12,000 providers nationwide.

“Our state has come together in this partnership to launch a progressive initiative dedicated to improving the way Vermonters receive care,” said Lawrence Miller, senior advisor for the chief of health care reform for the governor’s office. “This new and innovative information sharing system will help support clinicians’ efforts to more effectively and efficiently deliver care.”

Providers can join PatientPing, then can receive real-time notifications when their patients receive care at any facility that’s signed up with the service. At the facility where patients are getting care, providers get care instructions that include contact information for others on the patient’s care team, as well as patient visit histories.

In Vermont, the PatientPing program is supported by hospital admission, discharge and transfer data from Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), which manages the state’s health information exchange.

“Building on the capabilities of the statewide Vermont Health Information Exchange, we are making healthcare encounter information available so that any clinician can be notified when their patient receives care from another provider,” said John K. Evans VITL’s president and CEO.

Boston-based PatientPing recently received $9.6 million in funding from Google Ventures and several other venture capital investors.

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