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CORHIO, medical unit partner to reduce ER visits through HIE

By Nicole Freeman

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has opened its health information exchange (HIE) to True North Health Navigation, a mobile emergency medical unit. Through this partnership, True North will have access to patient information, including medical histories and medications, to treat non-life-threatening 911 calls in the Metro Denver area.

True North emergency staff members are trained practitioners who can provide medical services on-site, such as splinting, suturing, and blood or urine tests. True North’s truck is stocked with supplies and medications, which, when combined with their provided services, can reduce emergency room visits and lower healthcare costs. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 20 percent of all 911 calls are for non-life-threatening incidents and may not require an emergency room visit.

CORHIO’s PatientCare 360 application can be accessed on iPads, allowing True North staff to view potential medication interactions, vital information, prior lab results, and imaging reports at the point of care to better treat patients. Patient records are gathered from healthcare providers across Colorado.

Beyond patient convenience, True North’s services provide huge cost savings. Transportation to the emergency room and the subsequent visit can cost more than $3,000, and can cause an overflow of patients in the ER. By using True North and eliminating these trips, both providers and patients save money.

“We’re excited to be a part of such an innovative approach to emergency care,” says Kelly Joines, interim CEO at CORHIO in a public statement. “True North Health Navigation is a truly forward-thinking organization that shares our vision of improving patient care and eliminating inefficiencies in health care. In the future, we hope that True North Health Navigation’s mobile services can expand across the state, so that more communities can benefit.”

To read the full release from CORHIO, click here.

 

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