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MO HIE Connects to eHealth Exchange for Improved Interoperability

The University of Missouri Tiger Institute Health Alliance HIE connected to the eHealth Exchange to improve interoperability for its participants.

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By Kate Monica

- The University of Missouri (MU) Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange (HIE) recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange in an effort to enable improved interoperability with SSM Health.

Patients receiving care at SMM Health and participants of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance HIE will now benefit from streamlined health data exchange between organizations. 

The Tiger Health Alliance HIE includes University of Missouri Health Care, Capital Region Medical Center, and other Missouri hospitals, clinics, and post-acute care facilities. By connecting to the eHealth Exchange, HIE participants will be able to share up-to-date patient EHRs with other member organizations.

“As clinicians, we see patients from rural and urban areas across our state,” said MU Health Care Pediatrician and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) Thomas Selva, MD. “If we have patients from Jefferson City, St. Louis or other SSM Health sites visit our health system, we now can see a history of the care they’ve received. This helps us provide the most appropriate, safe and streamlined care for these patients.”

St. Louis-based SSM Health – also a member of the eHealth Exchange – serves 20 hospitals and more than 60 outpatient care sites in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

“The Tiger Institute Health Alliance is an important tool for patient care in Missouri, and with this connection to SSM Health, other Midwest states as well,” said Tiger Institute Director of Regional Operations Michael Seda. “By joining the Sequoia Project eHealth Exchange, we’re able to connect to national health systems such as SSM Health and securely access patient health information when it’s needed to provide optimal care.”

The relationship with Tiger Institute and MU Health Care will further improve interoperability for patients of SSM Health.

“The newly established interoperability with MU Health Care and other member providers enables our physicians and other caregivers to obtain a more complete view of the health history of our patients,” said SSM Health CMIO Richard Vaughn, MD. “As a result, we can make faster and better care decisions, avoid duplicating expensive tests, and ensure that patients who’ve previously received care at MU Health Care and other member facilities receive the safest and best care possible.”

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