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KETTERING — Kettering Health Network is the first health system in Southwest Ohio to connect to a service that instantaneously sends an electronic summary of a patient’s record to other healthcare providers.

HealthBridge, one of the nation’s largest health information exchanges, is launching this new service across the region to connect hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare providers, and enable them to share a more complete view of a patient’s health information. The not-for-profit corporation is headquartered in Cincinnati.

Patients sometimes transfer from one care setting to another, such as being discharged from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility. Transferring paper records from one provider to another can take time. Using a new technology standard established by the federal government, HealthBridge can help connect healthcare providers electronically and enable them to send and receive securely a summary of a patient’s health record.

The information in the patient’s summary record is able to flow directly into the recipient’s electronic medical record, which saves a significant amount of staff time and effort, as well as provide more timely access to this information for the next provider of care.

“Kettering Health Network is committed to using the latest technology that improves patient care,” said Andy Lehman, the network’s Vice President of Technology and Analytics. “The new HealthBridge summary record exchange service will allow us to share more complete patient information than ever before, including diagnoses, medications, tests and procedures.”

HealthBridge is adding more facilities and authorized care providers to this new service, including hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, and home health agencies. The company aims to have a robust, connected network of facilities exchanging summary records by the end of summer.

“For decades our region has pioneered the use of technology in health care to make sure that the right information reaches the right people at the right time,” said HealthBridge CEO Craig Brammer. “With this new service, the ability to share more complete and meaningful patient information among providers all across the care continuum in real-time and in a highly secure manner is in our grasp.”

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system that improves quality of life through healthcare and education. The Network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin.

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