CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A local hospital has joined eight others in providing health information across a shared hospital network.
Thomas Memorial Hospital is participating in West Virginia Health Information Network's Health Information Exchange, which allows participating hospitals to electronically share patient information in a secure manner for treatment and public health reporting purposes, according to a release.
Thomas Memorial Hospital joins Monongalia General Hospital, Preston Memorial Hospital, Grafton City Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center, which are all now live on West Virginia Health Information Network's query-based Health Information Exchange.
Wheeling Hospital and WVU Healthcare (Ruby Memorial, Berkeley Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center and about 100 affiliated clinics and physician practices) joined the Health Information Exchange last year, according to a release.
The West Virginia Health Information Network, which aims to help build a secure electronic health information system for the exchange of patient data among physicians, hospitals, and other care providers, is working to replace fax and mail with the new system.
The organization stated the network provides benefits to the hospitals by allowing them to receive the latest patient health information in almost real time at the point of care. Patients benefit from fewer duplicate tests and improved quality of care with doctors having the most current medical information.
It also said the network streamlines information for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, which can access required information for public health reporting purposes and advance directives online through the WV e-Directive Registry on the West Virginia Health Information Network's Health Information Exchange.
For more information on the West Virginia Health Information Network, visit www.wvhin.org.