Written by Duncan West
Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics staff are trained and live on the MIN-NS HIE as of the end of March.
Significant numbers of Whidbey Island residents travel off island for specialist care not available locally. They return to their primary and other local providers for follow up and ongoing care.
As part of the ongoing audit process at MIN-NS we have found that one in four Whidbey General Patients have records at other MIN-NS participating organizations. Those records are now available and have been accessed by Whidbey General users.
- Patients who opt for surgery at Island Hospital return to Whidbey General Clinics for ongoing care once released by their surgeon, Clinic users have easy and immediate access to all Island surgical, imaging and lab reports to guide their care. Not only is the care handoff better managed, the costs and time of requesting, finding, and transmitting records is saved.
- Patients with cardiac or cancer care are often seen locally, at Island Hospital, and at Skagit Valley Hospital and Clinics. Records of their labs and care are now available both for routine exams with their Primary Care team and for the Whidbey General Hospital Emergency Department team if there is a medical emergency.
- Routine, post cardiac procedures at Skagit Valley Hospital require post-procedure rehabilitation, which is often taken at Island Hospital. This care can be easily monitored by the Whidbey General Clinic Primary Care team.
The MIN-NS Health Information Exchange connections with Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics are a good example of how a secure, community health record can aid treatment, save patient time, and save costs.