The Greater Dayton (Ohio) Area Hospital Association has chosen IBM to develop its integrated health information network, which will offer an electronic information link among GDAHA members, area physicians, insurers and other providers.
The GDAHA represents 20 hospitals in nine counties in southwest Ohio.
The project's start-up cost is estimated at $10 million over five years, said Joseph M. Krella, the GDAHA's president. The association and two local insurers, Community Mutual Insurance Corp. and United Healthcare of Ohio, are expected to make the initial financial contributions, Krella said, but no commitments have been made. He said he anticipates eventual communitywide support.
Network start-up is set for the beginning of the second quarter, shortly after participant contract negotiations are completed in mid-March, Krella said.
Deloitte & Touche, a national consulting and accounting firm, is the project consultant. Fourteen companies participated in bidding for the network.