Health Information Exchange Created in Connecticut
Improving Care Across the Community
Health information exchanges (HIEs), which enable disparate organizations to securely share patient data, have emerged as a core element of healthcare reform. But most of the organizations developing HIEs are large systems willing to commit extensive resources to a massive effort.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a notable exception. A 109-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Torrington, Connecticut, CHH established an innovative HIE in 2011. CHH’s leaders began the HIE with a clear understanding of the information gaps in their community, a strong focus on the patient, a “start small and grow” philosophy, and a cloud-based implementation model that makes it easy to add new members. Within 18 months of CHH’s initial planning sessions, the HIE, branded as CHHconnect, has enrolled more than 100 members and is yielding significant value for the hospital, its community members, and their patients.
Read the full Health Information Exchange Created in Connecticut Case Study.