Alere Accountable Care Solutions to Provide Health Information Network to
Children's Care Alliance for Underserved Children
Innovative technology to give clinicians quick access to healthcare
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., July 9, 2013
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Children's Care Alliance
(CCA) is working closely with Alere Accountable Care Solutions (ACS) to create
a health information exchange (HIE) for underserved children in the Lehigh
Valley area of northeastern Pennsylvania. Backed by the support of the
business community, the HIE represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration
between healthcare organizations and the education community and is poised to
move toward improving the healthcare of children in the region.
"Many children living in this area suffer from chronic conditions including
asthma and obesity. The health care systems and community organizations need
to rally together," says Mike Cirba, CIO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
and current CCA Chairperson. "The problem is that care delivery is
disconnected. Individual health records are scattered among multiple access
points of care. And, unfortunately, vital clinical information is often not
available to the local physicians, health systems, and the school health rooms
that see these kids. By working with Alere ACS, we are committed to bringing
key clinical data sets together for clinicians across multiple organizations."
The Alere ACS HIE technology will allow seamless exchange of student
electronic health records between different hospital emergency rooms, clinics,
physician offices and school districts in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The
HIE, branded as the Virtual Health Village, is expected to help clinicians
more expediently access needed information, which should also result in the
improved coordination of care.
Twenty-seven percent of the 32,000 Bethlehem Area and Allentown school
district students change schools each year, contributing to the problem of
fragmented pediatric records. Alere ACS enables the data sharing and
resulting care continuity by providing full HIE capabilities, such as a
clinical data repository with direct secure messaging. The innovative project
will assure better care of chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes and
will boost immunization rates.
The Children's Care Alliance anticipates greater patient and provider
satisfaction and lower healthcare costs by reducing duplicate tests and
procedures. In addition to cutting student absence from school, the HIE will
benefit parents and regional employers with fewer missed workdays.
"The Children's Care Alliance is a great example of what can happen as
healthcare organizations rally together to truly improve the health of a
community. Alere ACS is pleased to assist in this cause by offering our
advanced technology that can transform the organization's vision into a
reality," says Sumit Nagpal, President & CEO of Alere ACS. "We have a
successful track record of partnering with organizations to provide
interoperable health information technology solutions, such as our innovative
HIE, EHR & PHR. We are truly honored to be able to use this technology to do
such important work, ultimately helping to improve the quality of care to
underserved children in this community."
About The Children's Care Alliance
The Children's Care AllianceTM (CCA) is a collaboration of local hospitals,
school districts and care providers who, with the support of the Lehigh Valley
Business Coalition on Health Care (LVBCHC), are committed to improving the
quality of children's healthcare through collaboration and technology. The
Virtual Health Village™ is the CCA's health information exchange (HIE) in
which children's health care information is shared electronically among
healthcare providers in local emergency rooms, clinics, physician offices and
school health rooms. Electronic sharing will assure faster access and more
complete and up-to-date healthcare information to save time, eliminate
duplicate tests and procedures, and greatly improve initial and follow-up
care. Current members include Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, Children's
Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Sacred Heart HealthCare System, St. Luke's
University Health Network as well as the Allentown and Bethlehem Area school
districts, with a combined student population of about 32,000.
About Alere Accountable Care Solutions
Alere Accountable Care Solutions (formerly Wellogic), a subsidiary of Alere
Inc., delivers health information solutions that help provider organizations
meet CMS Meaningful Use and Accountable Care requirements, achieve Triple Aim,
and improve care coordination across the healthcare continuum. The Alere ACS
portfolio of interoperable health information solutions has been the confident
choice of doctors across the US. For more information, visit www.alereacs.com.
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Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
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