LGMC and OGHS Partner to Pilot LaHIE

11/22/2011

Lafayette General and Opelousas General Partner to Pilot LaHIE
Louisiana's Health Information Exchange Launched

Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) and Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) have expanded their partnership to include becoming the first two hospitals in the State of Louisiana to pilot the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE). LaHIE was launched on Nov. 4 at the state conference for the Louisiana Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

LGMC President and CEO David Callecod and OGHS Vice President of Information Technology and CIO Jared Lormand joined state health officials and industry leaders for the launch and demonstration at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

LaHIE is the mechanism that will allow for the secure exchange of health information among authorized providers and across Louisiana's health care system to help improve patient safety, quality of care and health outcomes. LaHIE is an initiative of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based, collaborate initiatives to improve the health of Louisiana residents. The Forum serves as the designated, neutralentity to build and support a health information exchange in the state.

"Today we saw the vision of LaHIE and what it can do to improve the health of the community in Acadiana. It was important for us to be a first mover and an early adopter of this technology. Seeing the success in Acadiana the hope is that it is replicated and rolls out quickly across the state,” said Callecod. "As we look at interfacing the technologies, one of the things that we need to think about is meaningful use. The first step is relatively easy because you can control what you do inside your facility, but LaHIE gives you the ability to begin sharing information among providers and to achieve meaningful use in those next stages.”

When OGHS was invited to be a pilot participant, Lormand noted, "We felt it was important to share data with our clinically affiliated hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center. At this time, we are excited about the opportunity of sharing data between our ED (Emergency Department) facilities so that we can have more timely access to patient diagnostic results and the physicians at each end of the spectrum of care have immediate access to improve their patient care.”

"We are one of the first states in the country to be doing this, and we're very excited about reaching this milestone event,” said Cindy Munn, Executive Director of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. "The launch represents the next critical step in Louisiana's journey to advance health information technology and

connectivity. The successful exchange between Opelousas General Health System and Lafayette General Medical Center will create secure, real-time access to information for high quality patient care. These facilities are founding members of LaHIE, and we commend them for their commitment and dedication.”

For Bruce Greenstein, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the launch is…"just another feather in our cap in terms of Louisiana‘s accelerated pace as being one of the best states in the nation for health information technology. This shows what our true potential is as a state in the world of health care, and we can move forward from our low levels of health outcomes today to high levels. We are showing our potential in what we can do in health information technology.”

The Forum selected Orion Health as its primary technology provider. Orion Health is a national leader in state and federally funded HIEs. "It's extremely gratifying for us at Orion Health to see the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum's vision for connected health care become reality,” said Paul Viskovich, President of Orion Health North America. "We are proud to have been such an integral part of the project, and we look forward to seeing the ways in which LaHIE positively impacts the lives of residents and caregivers throughout the state of Louisiana.”

Following the pilot program in the Acadiana region, LaHIE will move forward to statewide implementation in early 2012.

For more information about LaHIE, visit the Quality Forum website at http://www.lhcqf.org/

About the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is a private, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to advancing evidence-based, collaborative initiatives to improve the health of Louisiana residents. Its main areas of focus include quality measurement and analytics, clinical quality improvement, the patient-centered medical home, outreach/education and health information technology.

About Lafayette General Medical Center

Lafayette General Medical Center, a 353-bed facility, is the largest full-service, acute-care medical center in the nine-parish area of Acadiana. LGMC provides families with comprehensive medical services at every level of care, from severe emergency trauma to the common cold. Lafayette General evolved from Lafayette Sanitarium, a six-bed facility that opened in 1911, and has been a leader in health care throughout its existence. Over the years, LGMC has expanded its services and facilities to meet the community's growing needs.

Lafayette General Medical Center is recognized by federal and state tax laws as a 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation. Although the hospital generates money by billing for its health care services, it does not pay out any revenue to shareholders, as for-profits do. Any net revenue is reinvested into the organization for new equipment, facilities, and technology to better care for the people we serve.

As the region's only community-owned and managed hospital, all decisions are made locally by an experienced administrative team and a volunteer Membership Corporation and Board of Trustees. More information can be found at http://www.lafayettegeneral.com/

About Opelousas General Health System

Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards. Central to the success of OGHS's commitment for excellence is the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians, nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in a caring environment. Serving as the region's referral medical center, OGHS is the area's most comprehensive community health care facility offering a wide range of medical specialties and state-of-the-art technology available today.

OGHS is a 245-bed full service medical center as complete and as inclusive as any referral hospital in the state. The Main Campus, South Campus, and Sunset Campus facilities are located in St. Landry Parish which boasts a population of over 92,000. The primary service area draws from surrounding communities including: Sunset, Grand Coteau, Port Barre, Eunice, Washington, Arnaudville, Leonville, Krotz Springs, Melville, Lawtell, Palmetto, Ville Platte and Church Point. OGHS is the second largest employer in Opelousas with over 1,000 employees.

 
Photo caption (L-R):
Jared Lormand, OGHS Vice President of Information Technology and CIO,
David Callecod, Lafayette General Medical Center President and CEO,
Edwina Mallery, Lafayette General Medical Center AVP - Information Systems,
Cindy Munn, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Executive Director,
Bruce Greenstein, Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary

What they're saying about LaHIE

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2011/11/putting_files_online_will_help.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCOwT8lbRag

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