The Indiana Health Information Exchange has announced a partnership with an Ohio counterpart. The agreement with The Health Collaborative involves data for Hoosier patients of Richmond-based Reid Health seeking medical care in Ohio. IHIE Chief Executive Officer John Kansky says the collaboration represents how "the tide is turning" in the health care data industry. He says the shift is on to make exchanges more responsive to needs of the health care system.

Reid Hospital’s footprint covers six east central Indiana counties and three counties in Ohio. In all, the organization serves around 280,000 patients. Kansky says "all healthcare information should follow the patient. We are proud to have these partners in preserving the confidence, trust and integrity of the data so that patients receive the best care possible."

IHIE says it has supplied The Health Collaborative’s Health Bridge service line with clinical results for physicians treating Ohio patients in Indiana since 2009. Kansky says the now-seven-year-old agreement was the first-of-its-kind in the nation. The organizations say the information exchanged includes dozens of data sets, including clinical reports, summaries and radiology results.

The Health Collaborative CEO Craig Brammer says "no other region in this country can provide the depth of data exchange and the two-way flow of information that we have accomplished here. This collaboration provides a real world example of a bold vision for connecting healthcare not just in this region but across the nation."

Kansky believes the IHIE will have more partnership announcements by the end of the year and tells Inside INdiana Business "it’s going to be a long time before the country is fully-connected, but there’s a lot of good movement in this area."

Chief Executive Officer John Kansky says the organization is working toward additional partnerships.

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