Akron General, Summa Health Partner to Share Patients' Lab Information

Akron General Hospital and Summa Health System have launched a pilot program that allows the healthcare organizations' physicians and affiliated practices to electronically share patients' lab results, according to a Beacon Journal news report.

Until recently, both healthcare organizations were sharing blood and radiology test results through computers of physicians who already had their electronic medical records systems interfaced with one of the hospitals. Now, physicians at one organization can immediately obtain results of patients who underwent tests at the other hospital. For example, if a patient undergoes a test at Akron General, results from that test are instantly uploaded into a Summa physician's EMR system, according to the news report.

The pilot program aims to save time and improve patient safety. So far, four physicians from Akron General and three physicians from Summa have been involved in the pilot program.

Read the news report about the lab sharing pilot program between Akron General and Summa Health.

Read other coverage about interoperability:

- Reaping the Benefits of Health IT: Q&A With ONC's Dr. David Blumenthal

- ONC to Test Information-Sharing Tools This Fall

- Achieving Interoperability for Your Hospital: Q&A With Dr. Charles Jaffe, CEO of HL7

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