Thursday, June 19, 2014

Loyola begins electronic exchange of health information

Sharing electronic health records with other providers will improve patient care

MAYWOOD, Ill. (June 19, 2014) – In an initiative that will improve patient care, Loyola University Health System has become one of the first health systems in the state to share health information electronically through two record-exchange consortiums.

The information exchange enables Loyola to share a patient’s electronic health information with outside providers such as hospitals, nursing homes, home-care agencies and non-Loyola physicians. In turn, a Loyola provider can obtain a patient’s records from outside providers, thus creating a more complete picture of the patient’s condition.

Such shared health information can include, for example, records of a patient’s allergies, medications, health history, immunizations, test results, diagnoses, procedures and clinical/hospital visit notes.

Loyola will obtain a patient’s signed consent before sharing health information electronically and a patient can revoke such consent at any time.

These are among the benefits of exchanging health information electronically:
Doctors will have quicker access to more complete medical histories, allowing for better-informed and safer decisions about patient care.

Patients may not need to complete as many forms each time they visit a new doctor.
Patients might not have to take the same medical tests over again. This could help decrease health-care costs.

Loyola began the electronic exchange of health information on June 18 for patients hospitalized at Loyola University Medical Center or Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, which is a member of the Loyola University Health System.  In October Loyola will expand the information exchange to include outpatients.

The electronic exchange of health information will help Loyola improve patient care in its new population health programs. These programs help members stay healthy or cope with chronic diseases that can lead to costly care. The electronic exchange of health information will improve communication and coordination between Loyola and its community partners.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.