BOULDER, Colo., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Five Boulder
County health care organizations have signed agreements to share
patient data through the Colorado Regional Health Information
Organization’s (CORHIO) Health Information Exchange (HIE), CORHIO
officials announced today.
The organizations include Alpine Urology, Boulder Community
Hospital, Gastroenterology of the Rockies, Longmont United Hospital
and Spruce Street Internal Medicine.
Within this group of four providers, Boulder Community Hospital
has the distinction of being the first health care provider
organization in Colorado to “go live” on the HIE that serves the
Front Range and Eastern Plains of Colorado.
“Boulder Community Hospital is very excited to be the first
hospital in Colorado to begin sending patient data to CORHIO,” said
Dr. Valerie Lipetz, chief medical officer for the hospital’s
affiliated physician clinics. “We will soon be joined by hospitals
and physicians around the state who are working cooperatively to
provide Colorado citizens with safer and more cost-effective
patient care through our statewide Health Information
When completely built out, the HIE will allow health care
providers across Colorado’s Front Range and Eastern Plains to more
quickly and easily exchange patient data than previously used,
paper-based methods. HIE uses a highly sophisticated, secure
process to electronically exchange data through electronic health
record (EHR) systems. Compared to faxing and mailing information,
patients will receive higher quality care without delays that
sometimes stretched to several weeks.
Through use of CORHIO’s network, physicians and other medical
care providers will have access to important health information
about their patients including lab test and pathology results,
x-ray, MRI and other imaging reports, and physician transcription
reports. Later this summer the network will be upgraded to include
patient medication lists, allergie