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dbMotion Solution Helps Power Growth of ClinicalConnect; Western PA HIE Reaches 1.3 Million Patients

dbMotion, an innovative provider of connected healthcare solutions, congratulates ClinicalConnect HIE, western Pennsylvania’s first health information exchange (HIE), on expanding its reach to beyond one million patients.

ClinicalConnect HIE—comprised of 11 western Pennsylvania health systems and providers —was established 18 months ago with the objective of enabling participating organizations to exchange and use patient information in a meaningful way. The dbMotion semantic interoperability platform organizes and harmonizes data captured by disparate health information technologies across the HIE. Providers are able to access the data within their existing workflows in their preferred format, rather than exiting one application and logging into another.

ClinicalConnect HIE’s success reflects patients’ growing acceptance regarding the need for their various healthcare providers to share clinical information. This is evidenced not only by the volume of patients participating, but by ClinicalConnect HIE’s low opt-out rate of 1.51 percent–significantly lower than comparable projects nationwide.

“Information obtained through ClinicalConnect HIE is an incredibly valuable resource for real time clinical decision making at the point of care. I now rely on it for all patient encounters,” says Thomas McGill, MD, vice president of quality and safety at Butler Memorial Hospital, one of the HIE’s original members, and leader of ClinicalConnect HIE’s quality committee. “Very often, my patients receive care at other hospitals within the western Pennsylvania region. ClinicalConnect HIE allows me to know what treatment has been provided, no matter where it took place.”

“ClinicalConnect HIE has proven successful in providing clinicians fast access to critical patient information,” notes Peter McClennen, president of dbMotion North America. “By linking hospital clinical data throughout western Pennsylvania, the HIE enables providers to make informed and efficient care decisions.”

A further testament to the ClinicalConnect HIE’s growth and effectiveness, two new facilities—Pediatric Alliance, P.C., with offices throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh—have recently decided to join ClinicalConnect HIE, acknowledging that the community connectivity it offers will benefit their patient populations.

“Our young patients are seen at facilities throughout the region,” says James Troup, M.S. MIT, and CEO of Pediatric Alliance, P.C. “Their providers and families are reassured to know that the clinical teams providing care have access to comprehensive and up-to-date information. This can only result in better care.”

Providers participating in ClinicalConnect HIE include Altoona Regional Health System, ACMH Hospital, Butler Health System, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, Excela Health, Heritage Valley Health System, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pediatric Alliance, P.C., St. Clair Memorial Hospital, The Washington Hospital and UPMC.

ABOUT dbMotion

dbMotion™ provides an innovative connected healthcare solution that integrates patient information from disparate health information technologies and delivers it to clinicians at the point of care. Harmonizing health information across the enterprise and throughout the community, the dbMotion interoperability solution semantically organizes volumes of data, enabling providers to easily access and manage information within familiar workflows. The dbMotion solution bridges clinical settings to facilitate seamless transitions of care and nurture referral relationships. Built on an SOA platform, dbMotion combines health data to present a 360-degree view of the patient’s health status to facilitate better care and disease management, and to prepare organizations for healthcare reform. This robust solution has been implemented in the world’s most demanding healthcare IT environments since 2001. For more information about dbMotion, visit www.dbmotion.com.

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