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 with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.