Two hospitals in Indiana are joining forces on an electronic medical record sharing initiative. The partnership involves software access for Vincennes-based Good Samaritan Hospital, which will be installed and maintained by Deaconess in Evansville. April 29, 2015

News Release

EVANSVILLE and VINCENNES, Ind. – Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana, has partnered with Deaconess through the OneCare Collaborative, a population health initiative. As part of this partnership, Good Samaritan will gain access to Epic, the nation's leading electronic medical record system. Deaconess will install and maintain Epic for Good Samaritan as part of this long term affiliation between the two health systems. Sharing the same electronic medical record will enable physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers at Good Samaritan and Deaconess to access the same patient information in real-time and across multiple locations.

Patients also have access to their own health information through the MyChart patient portal. An electronic medical record, like EPIC, increases patient safety, quality of care, and communication.

Good Samaritan will be the largest of numerous partners Deaconess has engaged across the tristate area through the OneCare Collaborative. Shifts in the health care industry are changing the way innovative hospitals and healthcare providers care for patients. OneCare Collaborative providers realize the need to strategically partner with patients to put as many resources toward preventing illness as treating illness. Through the combined resources of Deaconess, Good Samaritan Hospital, and other network providers, the OneCare Collaborative can achieve the “triple aim” of better patient care, a better patient experience, and lower healthcare costs.

“We're excited to partner with Good Samaritan,” says Dr. James Porter, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Deaconess Health System. “The combined efforts of two of the region's leading healthcare providers will allow us to identify and eliminate gaps in patient care.”

President and CEO of Good Samaritan, Rob McLin, adds, “We are most excited about the positive impact this will have on the communities we serve. Collaborating with Deaconess on the OneCare ACO and Epic's electronic medical record directly aligns with Good Samaritan's vision of being the regional center of excellence and provides us with new tools to help meet the needs of our patients and team.”

The relationship between Deaconess and Good Samaritan Hospital is a strategic partnership and not a merger or acquisition. Both Deaconess and Good Samaritan will remain local, independent organizations.

Sources: Good Samaritan Hospital, Deaconess

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