Kaiser Permanente Southern California has teamed up with the San Diego Beacon Health Information Exchange (HIE) to share patient data across the two networks. Beginning with a pilot project in 2009, Kaiser Permanente was the first organization to share information with the San Diego Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and has increased its capabilities in the region ever since.
Since 2009, KP and VA providers have been able to view patient test results, medication and allergy information, and patient problem lists over the network. In March of 2012, Kaiser Permanente established an HIE relationship with the UC San Diego Health system, which comprises more than 850 physicians, and Rady Children’s Hospital, a 464-bed pediatric center.
“The San Diego Beacon Community welcomes Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest and most important healthcare providers in our region to the HIE”, said Ted Chan, MD, project lead for the San Diego Beacon in a press release. “By exchanging patient health information securely, San Diego Beacon participating providers will be better able to deliver superior care for all San Diegans”.
“Kaiser Permanente has been dedicated to developing and deploying the national healthcare data standards that allow us to deliver the highest quality care to all our members, past, present, and future,” said John Mattison, MD, Assistant Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. “Our commitment over the past few decades is now paying off with the growing number of participants not only in the San Diego Beacon Exchange, but across the entire nation.”
The San Diego Beacon Community is one of seventeen Beacon programs nationwide, designed to demonstrate the use of EHR and HIE technology, test innovation in infrastructure, and facilitate data exchange to strengthen the healthcare system. SDBC has been funded by a $15.2 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to improve patient health, safety, and satisfaction through the use of technology.