Health Information Exchange/Electronic Health Record

Health care involves an extensive network of providers and sites, pharmacies, labs, and many more players that rely on each other for resources and patient information.  Northwest Medical Center has chosen to implement Electronic Health Record (EHR)/Health Information Exchange (HIE)  technology to streamline processes, reduce error, and help patients navigate their healthcare options more efficiently. 

What do the terms Health Information Exchange and Electronic Health Records mean?

Health Information Exchange (HIE) is the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations within a region, community or hospital system.  Northwest Medical Center uses HIE to share health information within our hospital network and other health care providers to electronically share health information in a secure, timely manner. 

Electronic Health Records (EHR) allow patients to be in control of their medical and health care portfolio.  EHRs may include a range of data, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunizations, status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal stats like age and weight, and billing information.  EHR’s can be shared between the patients’ clinicians and providers. 

The ability to share electronic information allows Northwest Medical Center to provide effective health care, while reducing error and streamlining processes.  The patient also has access to their health care records to stay informed and in-control of their health care choices and decisions.  As a courtesy to our patients, we provide flash drives for you to store and access your EHR information.