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Success Stories

Community Paramedics: Bridging the Healthcare Gap

11-Sep-2019

by Dorothea Howe and Kristina Auger

An elderly woman leaves the hospital but is confused when trying to determine which medications she took in the hospital and what prescriptions she’s supposed get filled now that she’s home.

The superintendent of an apartment complex sees a couple who can’t seem to walk outside and have difficulty navigating in their apartment.

An ER doctor realizes a mom is struggling to handle frequent asthma attacks for her child and keeps coming to the hospital for care because she doesn’t have a primary care physician.

Community paramedics can bridge the healthcare gap that occurs when a patient leaves the hospital or when people need extra care to prevent them from going to the Emergency Room, and usually this population are those who are already underserved by the healthcare system.

What’s going on?

J.D. Postage, Community Paramedic at Violet Township Fire Department on the East side of Columbus, explains that paramedicine is really about coordinating care for the patient.

“We try to assess what’s going on. We can provide needed services including clinical, environmental, safety, social, management and referrals,” Postage says. “Paramedicine is really about the continuity of care of the patient, making sure they have what they need.”

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Chillicothe Community Partners Create Eastside Clinic

10-Sep-2019

Mount Logan Clinic open house to be held September 12

by Dorothea Howe

You come home from work, make dinner, bathe and get the kids ready for bed, when you feel your two-year-old’s forehead burning up. It’s 9 p.m. and his temperature is 103 degrees. What do you do? Where do you go?

For most people in Chillicothe, the Emergency Room at Adena Health System on the north side of the city is the only place to go for medical care at night. If you live on the east side, you must drive for 15 minutes or get a ride to go across to the other side of town.

Mount Logan Clinic Provides Access to Care

A new clinic will lessen this problem, providing less expensive, easier access to care. The Mount Logan Clinic will have evening hours so people can avoid the Emergency Department and get the care they need from 1:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Located in a vacant elementary school building at 841 E. Main Street, the clinic also will provide Adena Advocacy Services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for those who experience any kind of domestic or interpersonal violence. An open house will be held September 12 from 5-7 p.m. so the public can tour the facility.

A partnership among the Adena Health Care System, Hopewell Health Centers, Ross County Health District, Chillicothe City School District and many other entities in a coalition known as Partners for a Healthier Ross County have been working on a plan to provide better access to health care for all citizens, especially the elderly, low-income, minorities and people with disabilities. The school district has recently built an elementary school so the older building will be used as a multi-use community center including the clinic, public library branch, preschool and other community services.

 

 

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Nursing home one of first to contribute patient health information in Ohio

22-Jul-2019

 

Nursing home one of first to contribute patient health information in Ohio

by Dorothea Howe

Tiny birds flit and trill in a glass-encased display in the foyer of Logan Elm Health Care Center in Circleville, where a woman wheels her 92-year-old mother up to the pane to listen to their melodies and enjoy their lithe movements. Staff, visitors, even patients bustle down the hallways and the atmosphere is live with activity.

Behind the scenes, this long-term care facility is one of the first in the state to contribute patient health data to the CliniSync Health Information Exchange, a progressive move for a nursing home.

Ashley Green, the Director of Nursing at Logan Elm Health Care Center, says publishing information about a patient to CliniSync will allow the nearby hospitals to access critical information.” You can get the information faster; it’s more accurate; it saves the hospital money,” Green says.

She’s referring to nearby Adena Regional Medical Center and OhioHealth Berger Hospital, who are part of the statewide health information exchange known as CliniSync. A total of 156 hospitals contribute information from across the state, allowing the sharing of more than 15 million unique patient records.

Adena and Berger routinely work with nurse navigators from the nursing home on coordination of patient care. Both hospitals now are working with CliniSync on the ability for clinicians to look up a patient’s name and view information on that patient from Logan Elm and other facilities throughout the state.

More to follow

 

 

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Access the latest clinical data through CliniSync

23-Jan-2019

Access the latest data through CliniSync

by Dorothea Howe

Imagine learning your patient is in the Emergency Department at a hospital outside of your health system, no matter what hospital the patient visits. Now imagine being able to view that information on the spot.

Here’s how it works: First you receive the alert. Then you search for the patient and find detailed health information on that encounter immediately.

If you’re the patient’s cardiologist, you can view the results of an echocardiogram taken in the hospital, eliminating the need to order another one.

As a primary care physician, you also will know when that patient is discharged so you can immediately follow up within the requirements of your transitional care or payment plan.

That’s the efficiency and timeliness of CliniSync, Ohio’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), which currently connects 151 hospitals across Ohio.

The Notify solution allows you to submit a patient panel to CliniSync – perhaps of high-risk diabetic or hypertensive patients – and then you will receive alerts if one of those patients is hospitalized or visits the ED.

Read the full story in theOhio Osteopathic Association'sWinter edition of Buckeye Osteopathic Physician

https://issuu.com/hopkinsprinting/docs/boa_winter_2019

 

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Access the latest clinical data through CliniSync

Access the latest data through CliniSync

by Dorothea Howe

Imagine learning your patient is in the Emergency Department at a hospital outside of your health system, no matter what hospital the patient visits. Now imagine being able to view that information on the spot.

Here’s how it works: First you receive the alert. Then you search for the patient and find detailed health information on that encounter immediately.

If you’re the patient’s cardiologist, you can view the results of an echocardiogram taken in the hospital, eliminating the need to order another one.

As a primary care physician, you also will know when that patient is discharged so you can immediately follow up within the requirements of your transitional care or payment plan.

That’s the efficiency and timeliness of CliniSync, Ohio’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), which currently connects 151 hospitals across Ohio.

The Notify solution allows you to submit a patient panel to CliniSync – perhaps of high-risk diabetic or hypertensive patients – and then you will receive alerts if one of those patients is hospitalized or visits the ED.

Read the full story in theOhio Osteopathic Association'sWinter edition of Buckeye Osteopathic Physician

https://issuu.com/hopkinsprinting/docs/boa_winter_2019

Message from the Health Collaborative of Greater Columbus

23-Jan-2019

A Message from Carrie Baker, CEO and President of the Health Collaborative of Greater Columbus

For the last several years, the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus (HCGC) has been working with community partners to work within what we call a "medical neighborhood" so we  can strengthen information sharing and relationships between clinical and social service organizations in our community. Because of our partners’ strong commitment to this work we all, as individuals and as a community, have learned so much and embarked on improving quality, value and patient experience by collaborating in our community with the assistance of CliniSync's technology platform to exchange patient data. We recognize that patient healthcare outcomes are dependent on so much more than what happens inside a primary care or hospital’s physical space. Environmental, social and behavioral factors deeply influence health and healthcare status and are often sighted as a reason many people can’t achieve optimal health, both in our region and across the state and country. Addressing social determinants of health and promoting better connectivity and coordination among all providers – primary care, behavioral health, social services – and by utilizing state-of-the-art technology to assist in doing so is a hallmark of HCGC’s mission and the core of this work with our partners.

A well-coordinated patient experience requires a complete picture of a patient’s health information. This means that every patient’s healthcare provider has a single point of access for referrals and information sharing—from local healthcare providers, social service agencies, and other healthcare stakeholders. We know that technology cannot replace strong provider relationships, but it can augment a difficult world where data --from screenings and assessments to making a referral and having access to the referral outcomes in real-time --can make a difference. We know that a single, HIPAA compliant portal where all those working with a patient can communicate, reduce duplication or even locate patients and their records is the right path to be taking. And we are grateful, thanks to all of our partners below, to report that in 2018, CliniSync referrals nearly doubled!

As HCGC embarks on more quality and cost data collection and reporting, on addressing social determinants of health through the Central Ohio Pathways HUB in our community. Together, we support specific pilots and projects in the region-addressing transportation needs: reducing senior malnutrition, engaging employers and patients in taking more of a leadership role in the quality of the healthcare they buy/receive. In partnership with all of you, we believe 2019 will continue to see increases in collaboration via technology. Below is a list of Medical Neighborhood Partners, with more signing up each week. For additional information, please always feel free to contact carrie@hcgc.org for more information.

Please click into the story to see the list of partners.

 

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Ross County Highlighted at Rural Health Conference

12-Sep-2018

Ross County Highlighted at Rural Health Conference

Ohio Rural Health Conference and Flex Annual Meeting August 27-28

by Cathy Rich, CliniSyncPLUS Manager

Because of the Ohio Health Information Partnership's work throughout Ohio during the past 10+ years, we have become aware of many communities working to improve the health of their residents.

This month, we would like to highlight the innovative work being done in Ross County (Chillicothe area) through a partnership between: Adena Health System, Hopewell Health Centers (an FQHC), Ross County Health District and the CliniSync HIE. The group is now known as the Ross County Medicaid Wellness Partnership and their vision is: To transform the healthcare experience through a culture of caring, quality, safety, service, innovation and excellence.

On August 27, individuals involved in creating the partnership: Bambi Huffman (Adena), Mark Bridenbaugh (Hopewell), Sharon Stanley and Dr. Jeff Hill (Ross County Health District), and Cathy Costello (The Partnership) provided the opening plenary session at the Ohio Rural Health Conference and Flex Annual Meeting at Deer Creek State Park.

The presentation, The WOW of Building Partnerships in Ross County to Improve Rural Population Health, provided attendees with insight on how various organizations located in Ross County were able to come together to identify health disparities in their area and then work collaboratively to begin providing better care for their residents.

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Ross County Highlighted at Rural Health Conference

 

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