East Meadow, NY – December 16, 2009 –A new health information system that will enable patients’ medical records to be shared electronically with hospitals, nursing homes and doctor’s offices across Long Island was activated today and demonstrated at a news conference at NuHealth System-NUMC.
The new information system, called the Long Island Patient Information Exchange (LIPIX), is now accessible at NuHealth System-NUMC, hospitals across the North Shore-LIJ Health System, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Broadlawn Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
As the New York metropolitan area’s first independent health information exchange to electronically transfer live data across multiple unaffiliated health care organizations, LIPIX enables physicians to securely access their patient’s medical records from 25 major hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout Long Island. All of the hospitals are committed to maintaining patient privacy while sharing data to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients, no matter where care is received.
Several other prominent healthcare organizations are poised to go-live with the LIPIX system in the coming months, including Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, the Catholic Health Services of Long Island, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Long Beach Medical Center and New Island Hospital. LIPIX hopes to expand its service offering and data integration to all major health care providers on Long Island by the end of 2010.
With 250 patient searches per week, there have already been cases where information, brought together through the integrated LIPIX solution, has allowed physicians to make better and safer medical decisions for their patients, thus resulting in a higher quality of care and the avoidance of unnecessary invasive testing. The potential ongoing benefit to both the community and healthcare providers is evident, with already more than 700,000 patient records accessible by authorized physicians.
“The LIPIX system has been extremely helpful in allowing me to gain a better picture of a patient’s medical history. In fact, LIPIX has helped me avoid repeating certain unnecessary tests, because I was able to get recent results from another hospital,” said Dario Gonzalez MD, of Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Having launched the LIPIX viewer with more than 500 emergency department physicians across multiple organizations, LIPIX is helping to improve healthcare by making valuable medical information available in a timely and secure manner.
“Our long-term goal is to create a sustainable, secure solution that allows doctors to more efficiently utilize patient data to improve the overall quality and efficiency of care” said Benjamin Stein, MD, executive director of LIPIX who is also a practicing physician.
Founded in 2007 with initial funding from New York State’s Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) grant program, LIPIX is now positioned to support the “meaningful use” of electronic medical records as envisioned by President Obama in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ARRA provides a plan for advancing the appropriate use of health information technology to improve quality of care and establish a foundation for healthcare reform.
LIPIX is built on a technology called Healthshare from the InterSystems Corporation. This platform has enabled LIPIX to create a scalable and flexible service that can easily be employed to support HIT initiatives ranging from regional to national health information exchange (HIE) integration projects.
“This innovative implementation of our technology by LIPIX illustrates the global move to connected healthcare. With HealthShare, LIPIX is able to efficiently facilitate standards-based exchange of healthcare information among large numbers of diverse users to support optimal care delivery”, says Paul Grabscheid, Vice President of Strategic Planning at InterSystems Corporation.
LIPIX is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established to develop a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), also known as a Health Information Exchange (HIE). Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, LIPIX’s primary mission is to fundamentally improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare for the betterment of patients, providers and the community with the ultimate goal being to organize the world’s health information so that it is globally accessible and useful while maintaining the highest standards of patient privacy. LIPIX receives direction from major care providers on Long Island as well as from health professional organizations including the Medical Society of the State of NY and the American College of Physicians. For more information on LIPIX and our services visit us at www.lipix.org.
Gregory Saukulak, Director of Marketing & Client Relations
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