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Oct 15 2012   12:34PM GMT

A step in the right direction: Technology partnership expands services for Florida HIE



Posted by: adelvecchio
Care360, e-prescribing, Florida HIE, health information exchange, HIE, patient care

Guest post by: Tom Wagner, Chief Technology Officer from MedPlus, the health care IT subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics

There is a growing need for systems that can easily integrate and exchange information, as well as proactively manage patient care as the health care industry shifts towards pay-for outcomes that require better management of patient populations.

The Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE) was enabled to connect with more than 60% of physician offices (about 11,000) in the state that are currently on the Care360 network, a suite of solutions from Quest Diagnostics, thanks to a recent partnership agreement between Harris Corporation and Care360.

The Florida HIE currently supports a direct clinical messaging application from Harris that enables secure delivery and receipt of messages, while also providing audit functions needed to share clinical information. A mutual desire to improve care coordination through the expansion of direct messaging services, and the recognition that Care360 products were being used in a majority of provider offices in Florida, established the relationship between Quest Diagnostics and the Florida HIE.

How It Works

The agreement gives physicians access to online laboratory test ordering, e-prescribing, clinical messaging and clinical documentation through integration into our Care360 web-based platform. The Florida HIE will now be connected to Care360 providers, pharmacies and hospital members. Users can securely send referrals, provider-to-provider messages, and exchange other important patient information through this connection.

Florida is eager to promote federal health care objectives including an initiative to form HIEs through electronic health records (EHRs). The Harris Corporation and the Florida HIE are excited that this partnership with Quest Diagnostics can help streamline patient care.   

Our Care360 team is eager to partner with HIE networks in other states who agree that the HIE model is important to health care and are interested offering direct clinical messaging to their users.

Click here to learn more information about Care360 EHR, or send an email to Info@Care360.com.

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