Missouri Health Connection (MHC) announced yesterday that St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis is the newest participant in Missouri’s statewide health information network.
MHC’s network provides services to more than 45 percent of the inpatient care provided in Missouri, 62 hospitals and more than 350 clinics. The network enables more than 7,000 physicians to securely access the health information of their patients to improve care quality.
“We are proud to have partnered with Missouri Health Connection as an Early Adopter. This progressive thinking allows patients to be able to enter anywhere into our continuum of care while allowing our caregivers to have access to their information in order to make the best decisions possible for our patients. We are fully committed to providing excellent health care, and this is just one more step towards healthier outcomes by the use of cutting-edge technology,” said Jim Weldon, Chief Information Officer, St. Anthony's Medical Center.
“We welcome St. Anthony’s Medical Center to the statewide network and look forward to helping it provide the highest level of care to the St. Louis community, which St. Anthony’s has been doing since 1873,” said Mary Kasal, MHC’s President and CEO.“By participating in our statewide network, St. Anthony’s can take advantage of our technology foundation that electronically connects healthcare providers across Missouri and neighboring states to securely share health information, reduce costs, and earn incentive funding by meeting new federal regulatory requirements.”
MHC is Missouri’s state-designated entity tasked with creating and managing the infrastructure to connect healthcare providers in Missouri and neighboring states with their patients via a secure health information network. As more health care providers move from paper-based medical records to electronic health record (EHR) systems, MHC is working to make sure they can exchange information with each other through one secure network – regardless of the technology platforms that they are using. The connectivity services provided by MHC are designed to support all healthcare provider organizations, from the largest multi-hospital health system, to a solo physician practice.