Castle, Hawaii Pacific Health join data-sharing network

by Kristen Consillio (Star Advertiser)

A number of major hospitals have agreed to share patient clinical records through Hawaii Health Information patient data through a nonprofit that aims to Exchange’s secure online system known as Health eNet. connect Hawaii’s health providers with electronic medical records.

Castle Medical Center and Hawaii Pacific Health — parent company for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Clinic & Hospital and Wilcox Health — have signed on to share patient clinical records through Hawaii Health Information Exchange’s secure online system known as Health eNet.

The agreements broaden the exchange of information for communities statewide, said Christine Sakuda, executive director of the nonprofit established in 2006.

“By utilizing the Health eNet, these major health care providers will be able to improve patient care and manage costs for both the organization and their patients,” she said.

As the first to connect via Health eNet, Sakuda said the hospitals, which pay a subscription fee, will be key to “increasing the effectiveness” of the system.

The Hawaii Health Information Exchange, which has received about $12.5 million in federal and private funding since its inception, is commissioned to develop a statewide EMR network to better coordinate medical care among providers. The organization has 15 employees.

This years Legislature appropriated $825,000 in operational funding for 2014.

“The next 12 months is a very critical year for us,” Sakuda said, adding that the organization also plans to connect the major laboratories as well as Hilo Medical Center, the first public hospital. “The technology is the easy part. The challenging part is building twst among stakeholders to share that information and to govern the data appropriately.”

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