Connecting for Better Care with New Statewide Health Information Exchange

The Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) announces the launch of HealthSYNC of Louisiana, a physician-led health information exchange (HIE), and the appointment of an HIE advisory committee to oversee implementation in Louisiana.
 
HealthSYNC of Louisiana encompasses an interoperable health information exchange, as well as a patient health portal, extensive data analytics tools, and population health solutions. The technology is already successfully operating in Kansas, with similar efforts under development in Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Missouri.
 
As a statewide health information network, HealthSYNC allows connected physicians and hospitals to share patient information, extract powerful analytic reports designed to help improve patient encounters and clinical outcomes, and assist physicians as they transition to new models of health care delivery, quality reporting, and performance-based payments.
 
“Participating physicians will be able to access patients’ medical information from any location to aid in the elimination of duplicative testing, and ultimately improve delivery of care,” explained Jeff Williams, LSMS executive vice president and CEO.
 
“From the patient perspective, and most importantly,” he added, “HealthSYNC of Louisiana will provide the right health information in the right place at the right time, to support the patient-physician relationship which is at the heart of good medical care.”
 
Members of the HIE advisory committee include: Lance Templeton, MD, chair, Alexandria – urology; Brian Gamborg, MD, Lake Charles –family medicine; Nick Viviano, MD, Madeville – dermatology; Paul Perkowski, MD, Baton Rouge – vascular surgery; Susan Bankston, MD, Baton Rouge – pediatrics and LSMS president; Lauren Bailey, LSMS vice president legal affairs; and Jeff Williams, LSMS executive vice president and CEO.
 
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