News | January 07, 2007

Technology Helps Rival Hospitals Share Imaging Test Data

Philadelphia Business Journal - January 5, 2007
by John George
Staff Writer

Six years ago, Dr. Elliot Menschik launched a research project to determine if it was possible to electronically connect competing hospitals so they could share patient data.
He believed a lot of money was wasted duplicating diagnostic tests because hospitals didn't have access to recent X-rays, MRIs and CT scans conducted at rival medical centers.
Menschik founded Hx Technologies in Center City to create a data-sharing entity - the Philadelphia Health Information Exchange - using $2.3 million in grants secured from the National Institutes of Health.
Last month the company disclosed the results of a study involving just two rival Philadelphia healthcare providers. The study found more than $200,000 was spent on duplicate tests over a 20-month period.
The exchange, which electronically links unaffiliated healthcare facilities, encompasses five Philadelphia hospitals and eight freestanding imaging centers in Philadelphia.
Initially, the system was tested among clinicians within the University of Pennsylvania Health System's three hospitals and the affiliated Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. During the past year, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital joined the exchange as part of the research study.
Menschik said the company's goal is to double the size of the network this year.
Hx is also evolving from its research phase to a commercialization model.
It has entered into business deals with five health plans outside the region that will pay fees so providers in their networks will have access to the data sharing technology. The company is also in discussions with Philadelphia-area health insurers.
"We had to ask ourselves 'who is the customer for this service,'" Menschik said. "It would seem it could be the patient of the physician, but it's really the health plans. They have a strong motivation to improve the quality of care they deliver to their members. There's also been a nagging suspicion that duplication of testing is a large cost area."
Last month, the company presented the results of a 20-month study involving longtime rivals Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Hx researchers found 6.2 percent of the Penn patients and 14.5 percent of the Jefferson patients - a total of about 20,000 patients - sought care at the other institution's facilities.


Related Content

electronic medical records
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | June 15, 2017
During the first quarter of 2017, Black Book surveyed 140 chief information officers (CIOs), 159 chief financial...
News | PACS Accessories | April 25, 2017
April 25, 2017 — ImageMoverMD announced the availability of ImageMover Media, a universal, web-based solution to...
ECRI Institute, top 10 patient safety concerns, 2017 report, information technology, healthcare
News | Information Technology | March 24, 2017
Safe implementation of new technologies and therapies accompany classic patient safety challenges on ECRI Institute's “...
Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, Epic service desk, HIMSS17
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | March 06, 2017
March 6, 2017 — Logicalis Healthcare Solutions announced in February a new service desk offering – Service Desk for E
HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, HIMSS17, electronic medical records, EMR, health information technology
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | February 21, 2017
A new study from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), unveiled at the 2017 HIMSS...
Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, top five cybersecurity issues, CIOs, chief information officers, HIMSS17
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | February 10, 2017
With the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual meeting (HIMSS17) scheduled for Feb. 19-23 in...
Logicalis US, healthcare CIOs, enterprise imaging, value-based care, new white paper, seven tips
News | Enterprise Imaging | January 20, 2017
To help healthcare chief information officers (CIOs) examine the important role enterprise imaging plays in value-based...
AMA, American Medical Association study, EMRs, electronic medical records, physician burnout
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | September 07, 2016
Technological and administrative obstacles are significantly cutting into available time for physicians to engage with...
Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | September 07, 2016 | By Erin Martin
From streamlining your workflow to maximizing your return on investment (ROI), there are numerous benefits to having...
HIE, health information exchanges, participation strategy, Binghamton University
News | Information Technology | August 18, 2016
The U.S. healthcare industry has failed to create and sustain an efficient network for storing and sharing patient...
Overlay Init