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Seven Denver Area Hospitals Join Colorado Health Information Exchange To Support Advancements In Health Care Quality & Safety

   Seven Denver Area Hospitals Join Colorado Health Information Exchange To
             Support Advancements In Health Care Quality & Safety

HealthONE hospitals join the CORHIO HIE, demonstrating a strong commitment to
the Denver community and ushering in a new era of improved care coordination
for metro area residents

PR Newswire

DENVER, Feb. 13, 2013

DENVER, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CORHIO, the Colorado Regional Health
Information Organization, announced today that HealthONE has signed an
agreement to participate in its secure health information exchange (HIE)
network. The seven HealthONE hospitals join 28 other hospitals around the
state already connected to CORHIO, including Centura Health which operates 13
hospitals connected to the HIE network, of which seven are located in Metro
Denver. HealthONE is a subsidiary of the Hospital Corporation of America
(HCA), which is the nation's largest private hospital system.

The CORHIO HIE is a highly protected electronic network that links the medical
records systems of doctors and other health care providers throughout
Colorado. The HIE allows providers to exchange patient information, including
lab test and pathology results, x-ray, MRI and other imaging reports, and
physician transcription reports, when needed for patient care. To view a video
that describes HIE, please visit http://youtu.be/9iO8NaVt6Sw.

Hospitals and health care providers that participate in HIE help to improve
the overall quality of care that patients receive, including reducing delays
in treatment and the need for redundant testing, which can be costly—and
sometimes painful—for patients.

For patients who go to a hospital for care, studies have shown that
coordinated after-hospital care is critically important to avoid serious
complications. Too often, patients can end up back in the hospital within 30
days, something referred to as a "hospital readmission." By joining the CORHIO
HIE, HealthONE and Centura Health have demonstrated a strong commitment to the
health and wellbeing of Denver area patients because HIE will improve their
communication with community-based physicians, home health nurses, skilled
nursing facilities and other providers who can help patients regain their
health and avoid unnecessary trips back to the hospital.

The HealthONE system includes seven metro Denver hospitals, all of which are
joining the CORHIO HIE:

  oThe Medical Center of Aurora
  oNorth Suburban Medical Center
  oPresbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center (P/SL) & Rocky Mountain Hospital
    for Children at P/SL
  oRose Medical Center
  oSky Ridge Medical Center
  oSpalding Rehabilitation Hospital
  oSwedish Medical Center

The HealthONE system also includes 15 stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers,
eight occupational medicine and rehabilitation clinics, Airlife Denver and
dozens of specialty clinics.

"HealthONE is proud to partner with CORHIO's HIE to help improve clinical
operations for our physicians, nurses and ultimately the patients we serve,"
says Chris Wobensmith, chief information officer, HCA-HealthONE. "We are
committed to providing the highest quality patient experience--from great
service at the bedside to enhanced clinical processes like CORIHO."

"We applaud the commitment to patients that HealthONE is demonstrating by
participating in our community HIE," said Larry Wolk, MD, chief executive
officer of CORHIO. "With the addition of HealthONE to CORHIO's network, we
will have one of the nation's most robust HIEs. This is a testament to the
collaboration of health care leaders across the state and means that Colorado
citizens can expect to get some of the highest quality, most coordinated care
of any place in the nation."

About CORHIO

CORHIO is dedicated to improving health care quality for all Coloradans
through health information exchange (HIE). As the state-designated entity for
HIE, CORHIO collaborates with health care stakeholders including physicians,
hospitals, clinics, public health, long-term care, laboratories, health plans
and patients to improve care collaboration through secure systems and
processes for sharing clinical information. CORHIO is a not-for-profit
supported in large part by grants, including awards from the Colorado Health
Foundation and from federal ARRA HITECH funds. CORHIO's technical
infrastructure is built on industry-leading HIE technology developed and
maintained by Medicity. For more information about CORHIO, please visit
www.corhio.org.

About HealthONE

HealthONE is the largest health care system in the metro Denver area with more
than 9,000 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians. HealthONE hospitals have
a long and trusted legacy going back more than 130 years with St. Luke's, more
than 85 years with Presbyterian Denver, more than 105 years with Swedish and
more than 60 years with Rose. The current health system was created in 1995 as
a Colorado company and a joint venture between The Colorado Health Foundation
and various affiliates of HCA. The Foundation grew to the second largest
charitable foundation in the state and in October 2011 sold its share in
HealthONE to HCA (NYSE: HCA).

SOURCE CORHIO

Website: http://www.corhio.org
Contact: Jordan Peel, +1-303-881-7958, Jordan@KirshnerCommunications.com
 
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