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Regional News/Midwest: Cleveland Clinic signs on with Ohio's electronic medical-record exchange system, and other news

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: February 23, 2013 - 12:01 am ET

CLEVELAND—The Cleveland Clinic has agreed to share electronic records through the state of Ohio's CliniSync electronic medical-record exchange system, said Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, which runs CliniSync. University Hospitals announced a similar agreement. The MetroHealth System has yet to sign on but is discussing the idea with the partnership, Paoletti said. Getting the two biggest hospitals systems in Northeast Ohio to join CliniSync should make it much easier to get other Ohio hospitals to follow suit, he said. “It's one of those things where you kind of reach the tipping point,” he said. The more hospitals that join the exchange, the more useful it will be to hospitals that already are using it, because it will give them access to more records. The Cleveland Clinic will join 71 other hospitals and hundreds of private-practice physicians that have agreed to share records through CliniSync. The clinic likely will be ready to start using CliniSync by mid-summer, after the interface connecting the hospital's electronic medical record systems to CliniSync is built and tested, Paoletti said. UH likely will be ready sooner because that technical work already has begun, he said. The goal of the exchange is to help doctors get quick access to information on patients who have received care at other hospitals. That capability is intended to help them make better decisions, especially in emergency situations when they don't have time to run tests or get results from another hospital. The exchange also is meant to help providers avoid filling out duplicate forms and running duplicate tests.“What it means for those communities is really going to be big once it's up live and working,” Paoletti said.

—Crain's Cleveland Business

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MARSHFIELD, Wis.—It used to be that preventing heart disease was no game. But now, not only can it be a game, but also that game is part of an award-winning mobile telephone application. Heart Health Mobile, developed by the Marshfield Clinic's Research Foundation, was named winner of the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, a competition launched in July by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The app evaluates a person's risk for heart disease based on answers to questions on weight, blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other factors. It also provides locations for cholesterol and blood-pressure screenings. People also can track their weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels using the app and participate in a game where points are awarded for reaching health targets. “Our goal with Heart Health Mobile was to develop an app that can help people live healthier lives,” Dr. Simon Lin, app project leader and director of the Research Foundation's Biomedical Informatics Research Center, said in a news release. “The app gives people a fun, interactive tool that lets them track key risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, while monitoring improvement.” The foundation will receive $100,000, which will be used for supporting development of the app that is currently available for free at the online Apple App Store. A Web-based version will be released early next month that can be used on other devices, according to the release. Other sponsors included the Surescripts electronic prescribing network, HHS' Million Hearts initiative and Archimedes, a San Francisco-based provider of human physiology simulation model software. “The Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation has created an app to give people easy access to some of the most advanced healthcare analytics available to learn the factors that put them at risk for heart attacks and how to prevent them,” Dr. Farzad Mostashari, HHS' national coordinator for health IT, said in a news release. “People can now get information about their risk and share what they know with their doctor to better manage their heart health.” The Marshfield Clinic has a long history of being ahead of the field with information technology. Its CattailsMD electronic health record was the first “home-grown” EHR product to be certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

—Andis Robeznieks

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