Mercy Health Marks 10 Millionth Patient Health Record Exchange

(CINCINNATI; September 28, 2015) – Mercy Health, a Catholic Health Ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky, marked its 10 millionth health record exchange using Care Everywhere from Epic, Mercy Health’s EHR provider, earlier this summer, making it one of only seven healthcare providers in the nation to reach this milestone. Mercy Health exchanged almost 2.5 million records in the first four months of 2015 alone and since its go-live with Care Everywhere in 2012, it has exchanged more than 10 million patient records with 234 other organizations across 48 states.

Patients in Ohio and Kentucky served by Mercy Health are benefitting from seamless healthcare record transmission not just between clinicians within Mercy Health but also with:
Organizations using electronic health records (EHRs) from other vendors
Health Information Service Providers
Health Information Exchanges
Organizations on the eHealth Exchange
Government entities such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration

“One of our most important goals at Mercy Health is keeping patients safe by ensuring that critical information moves with them – such as when a patient visits the emergency department or surgery center or sees a physician outside their regular health system or in another state. I can’t overstate how important it is that we can exchange records seamlessly. Our ability to share the right data with the right provider and the right time ensures that our patients benefit from the best possible care, since their vital information follows them no matter where life takes them,” said Stephen Beck, MD, chief medical informatics officer at Mercy Health.

This kind of exchange also streamlines care, since providers with patient records at their fingertips don’t need to do additional consultations or duplicate testing the patient has already undergone. It also reduces errors, since patients don’t have to remember a particular test result or when a doctor’s visit took place and staff doesn’t have to worry about searching through paper charts to transfer necessary data. 

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 32,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates about 450 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) consistently rates Mercy Health among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provided about $1 million per day in community benefit services. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health also partners with HealthSpan which provides health maintenance organization and insurance coverage. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit www.mercy.com or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).