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The First State, Becomes First State to Enroll All Acute Care Hospitals in State-Wide Community Health Record

February 29, 2012

The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) announced full participation of all acute care hospitals  and skilled nursing facilities in the state, along with other
Delaware providers, in the first statewide community health record.

This enhances a healthcare information exchange started in May 2007, when DHIN became the first operational statewide health information exchange (HIE) in the country.

“With the addition of Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children in 2011 and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (pictured above) in 2012, we are proud to announce that all of Delaware’s acute care hospitals, all of Delaware’s 46 skilled nursing facilities, and 86 percent of our healthcare providers participate on the DHIN,” said Jan Lee, MD, executive director of the DHIN.

DHIN offers “directed” exchange of health information and electronic delivery of clinical results to an ordering provider, as well as a longitudinal community health record that aggregates data across time and care settings into one comprehensive, searchable database.

An emergency room has immediate access to patient health information, saving precious minutes when care is most critical; nursing facilities can access discharge summaries, and all care providers get a full view of their  patient’s health status.

“This ability to search for existing results has led to a dramatic reduction in the ordering of high cost labs and radiology studies. The addition of Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to those sending clinical data into the DHIN database means the community health record will more completely reflect all care provided in all settings,” said Dr. Lee.

“Making clinical information available to providers that was once fractured across hospitals is no longer an obstacle for the citizens of Delaware,” said Randy Gaboriault, chair of DHIN and CIO at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del. “With all hospitals and skilled nursing facilities connecting to the nation’s first statewide HIE, Delaware and DHIN continue to be the First State, setting the standard for information and care integration.”

“A statewide HIE gives Delaware the ability to improve the quality of care while managing the cost of care,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. “With this exchange, doctors across the state have information that enables them to make quicker and better medical judgments for people. This is the fundamental technological foundation we  need to build a system of focused and managed healthcare that keeps people healthy. The use of technology in healthcare is vital to improved quality and reduced costs.”

“When I was Governor, the Delaware Health Information Network was just a concept. After being elected Senator, government agencies engaged with an extraordinary partnership in the health care community to make DHIN  the first of its kind in the nation,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). “Today, Delaware’s health information network achieved an important milestone with every hospital statewide ready to participate. Furthering the efforts of the DHIN will enable us to improve health care and save money all at the same time. That’s what I call a win-win for Delaware.”

“Connecting Delaware’s nursing homes with the DHIN is a critical milestone and a component to eliminating medication errors. By enabling access to discharge summaries and other information, we can ensure seamless  transitions of care for residents in these facilities,” said Rita Landgraf, Secretary of Delaware Health and Social Services. “We want to ensure the right care, at the right time, at the right place, whether for those in our  skilled nursing facilities, our Medicaid recipients or others in the state’s care, and we want to provide these positive outcomes in the most cost-effective manner possible. “

“At Nanticoke, we believe that electronic medical records and health information networks are core quality initiatives and truly enhance patient quality of care and patient safety. We are delighted to be a member of DHIN,” said Steven A. Rose, president and CEO at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, as a HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Davies Award winner and Stage 7 designated hospital, has a long-standing commitment to using  health technology to improve patient care and understands the effort required to successfully implement new technologies and the very real and positive impact they can have on quality and safety. “At Nemours, we promise to do whatever it takes to help children grow up healthy and reach their full potential, and we work closely with partners
around the state to achieve this promise. Our work together further strengthens Delaware’s standing as a leader in the adoption of health IT and a model to other states regarding the value that HIE brings to patients and health care systems,” said Gina Altieri, Nemours vice president for corporate services.

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