Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Human Services’ (DHS’) Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program today announced that Central Pennsylvania Connect Health Information Exchange is now connected to the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N), marking a significant milestone in the statewide health information exchange. Central PA Connect is one of five active health information organizations (HIOs) in Pennsylvania.
Health care providers participating with Central PA Connect are now securely accessing patient medical information, such as lab results, allergy information, past hospitalizations, and information that providers should know when making a clinical decision. P3N network participants across the state can now access Central PA Connect’s extensive patient information, including several hospitals and hundreds of area independent providers including specialty practices, behavioral health providers, and skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. The information exchange reduces time needed for providers to access vital patient data and lowers costs by reducing duplicative tests and services.
“This is a step forward for patients who will benefit from improvements in care coordination, patient safety, and health care quality,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “This will bring to fruition the promise of using an electronic health information exchange to improve health outcomes across Pennsylvania.”
The P3N was established through Act 2016-76 as a means of communication among health care providers, payers, and patients, to create efficiencies in health care delivery and promote improved health outcomes for patients. The P3N links HIO member organizations to providers and payers across the state to improve health care in their communities through increased coordination and communication between providers.
Health care providers who join the P3N-connected health information organization can also access the Public Health Gateway, a single connection for reporting into Pennsylvania’s various registries, including cancer, immunization, disease surveillance, electronic laboratory reporting, prescription drug monitoring program and clinical quality measurement.
Central PA Connect joins ClinicalConnect HIE, HealthShare Exchange, the Keystone Health Information Exchange, and Mount Nittany Exchange as a participant in the P3N. With the addition of Central PA Connect, all five currently existing HIOs are connected to the P3N statewide.
Central PA Connect is administered by Lancaster General Health and is founded on an information exchange capability in place since 2008. Central PA Connect is primarily focused on providers in the counties of Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Berks and Dauphin.
“Through the P3N, Central PA Connect is able to offer participating members access to a broader network of patient clinical information,” said Dr. Michael A. Sheinberg, Chief Medical Information Officer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, and member of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Advisory Board. “This benefits local patients traveling beyond the Lancaster area and those patients visiting south central Pennsylvania from elsewhere in the state.”
Health care providers interested in affiliating with an HIO may visit paehealth.org, which offers information on health information exchange in Pennsylvania and side-by-side information about the Pennsylvania’s five P3N-certified HIOs. The site also includes recommended questions that health care providers should consider when pursuing affiliation with an HIO.
For more information on the Department of Human Services, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
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