Shared Health(R) Announces New Data Exchange Platform

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 General News
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., June 10 Shared Health, Inc.,Tennessee's largest public/private health information exchange (HIE),introduces a major system upgrade, the Shared Health Clinical Xchangeplatform, beginning June 26.

Shared Health, in partnership with industry leaders Allscripts(TM), IBM,Initiate Systems, MedAl, Oracle(R) Corporation and Orion Health Systems, isreleasing the next generation Health Information Xchange which deliversvalue-based services to healthcare stakeholders. Shared Health ClinicalXchange offers health IT solutions that are flexible, innovative andinteroperable in all health delivery environments, regardless of the residenthealth IT vendor.

Clinical Xchange improves the types of clinical information available toproviders, helping physician practices operate more efficiently and deliverbetter overall patient care by merging key clinical data with administrativedata to take practices "out of the silo". It also allows clinicians tointeract with the HIE in the context of their existing workflow, which iscritical for adoption. For payors and employers, Clinical Xchange supportsproactive and preventive health initiatives -- such as care management,wellness and early intervention strategies where authorized and appropriate.Consumers will find it easier than ever to keep track of vital medicalinformation with 24/7 access.

"The new Clinical Xchange platform is part of our commitment tocontinually deliver market-leading, problem-solving solutions that reduceinefficiencies and fragmentation in clinical information exchange," said JanaSkewes, president and chief executive officer.

Among the new platform features are an automated Problem List and CareOpportunities for clinicians and consumers. Coming in late fall will beShared Health Condition Tracker and Clinical Insight, which will supportphysician-based practice population analytics and clinical registries.

"Clinical Xchange incorporates tools that are a direct feedback from twoyears of operational health information exchange experience," explained BruceTaffel, M.D., chief medical officer. "Clinical Xchange dramatically improvesthe types of actionable clinical information available."

A web-based system, Clinical Xchange incorporates a new, improved ClinicalHealth Record(R) (CHR). The CHR is an electronic health record thataggregates and presents encounter data, medications, lab results,immunizations, allergies and vital signs to clinicians and other caregivers atthe point of care. Because it is largely pre-populated, the CHR is one of theeasiest ways to obtain a patient's clinical status.

Shared Health's system is currently used throughout Tennessee. Nearly twomillion Tennesseans are enrolled with Shared Health, including state Medicaidenrollees, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee commercial groups and largeself-insured employers, and others. By year's end, Clinical Xchange willreach an additional 500,000 Tennesseans.

About Shared Health

Shared Health is transforming health care by offering innovative healthinformation technology solutions that improve quality and lower costs. SharedHealth's web-based applications securely share and connect medical informationacross a patient's network of clinicians. We continually strive to be theclinician's trusted partner for sharing relevant patient information at thepoint of care, enabling both health care professionals and consumers toimprove outcomes. For more information on Shared Health, visit the company'sweb site at .

SOURCE Shared Health, Inc.

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