Hospitals and health systems in western Pennsylvania announced plans to launch a health information exchange known as ClinicalConnect during the next two years. The exchange will begin with a pilot at two-hospital Heritage Valley Health System, Beaver, Pa., and expand to include eight other members of the collaborative behind the effort, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center news release said. Plans call for the exchange to further expand to include state and federal networks, according to the release.
Pa. hospitals, systems plan information exchange
The collaborative members will finance the effort. In addition to Heritage Valley, other members include Altoona (Pa.) Regional Health System, a 440-bed two-campus hospital; Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, a 170-bed hospital in Kittanning, Pa.; 260-bed Butler (Pa.) Health System; three-hospital Excela Health in Greenburg, Pa.; 373-bed Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills, Pa.; 291-bed St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, 274-bed Washington (Pa.) Hospital and 10-hospital UPMC, Pittsburgh.
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