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PA Expands Statewide Health Information Exchange

July 03, 2019

Central Pennsylvania Connect Health Information Exchange, one of the state’s five regional health information organizations (HIOs), is now connected to the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N). All five of Pennsylvania’s current HIOs are now connected to P3N.

The P3N links HIO member organizations to providers and payors across the state to improve health care in their communities through increased coordination and communication between providers. By enabling statewide health information exchange, P3N seeks to improve and coordinate patient care by helping providers find patients’ medical records in real time.

Central Pennsylvania Connect Health Information Exchange—or Central PA Connect—was originally established during 2008 to exchange data between Lancaster General Health providers. The exchange is primarily focused on providers in Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Berks, and Dauphin counties.

In the announcement this week from the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program, DHS Secretary Teresa Miller noted that the addition of Central PA Connect “will bring to fruition the promise of using an electronic health information exchange to improve health outcomes across Pennsylvania” and support improvements in care coordination, patient safety, and health care quality.
 
Dr. Michael A. Sheinberg, Chief Medical Information Officer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, and member of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Advisory Board, noted that connection to P3N benefits local patients traveling beyond the Lancaster area as well as patients visiting south central Pennsylvania from elsewhere.

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership provides additional information for health care providers interested in affiliating with an HIO, including:

  • Information on health information exchange in Pennsylvania
  • Side-by-side information about Pennsylvania’s five P3N-certified HIOs
  • Recommended questions that health care providers should consider when pursuing affiliation with an HIO

For additional information, please contact Sari Siegel, PhD, HAP’s vice president, health care research.

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