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For Immediate Release
Top Healthcare Magazine Awards Carefx Client “2009 IT Project of the Year”
ADVANCE for Health Information Executives Honors the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange (LARHIX) for Improving Region’s Healthcare Delivery Model
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – July 29, 2009 – Carefx Corporation, a leading provider of interoperable workflow solutions that advance the quality and safety of patient care, today announced that one of its clients, the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange (LARHIX), was awarded “2009 IT Project of the Year” by ADVANCE for Health Information Executives, a top healthcare information technology magazine.
A feature story detailing the health information exchange (HIE) project, which also involved the Louisiana Rural Hospital Coalition (LRHC) and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport (LSUHSC-S), and how Carefx’s Fusionfx solution played a pivotal role in the project’s success, is the cover story of ADVANCE for HIE’s August issue, which comes out today.
“Of the numerous and impressive entries submitted from around the country, the LARHIX project was by far the most compelling in its scope, clinical excellence and overall performance,” said Frank Irving, editor of ADVANCE for HIT. “The LARHIX project is a model for how regional collaboration and cutting-edge technology can achieve amazing clinical results for a population in need.
Louisiana’s rural population, with nearly one-quarter living below the federal poverty line, is isolated from quality health care. The patient-to-physician ratio in rural Louisiana, 1,925:1 is more than twice the 870:1 ratio in the state’s urban areas. The three organizations – LARHIX, LRHC and LSUHSC-S – collaborated to develop a regional health information exchange (HIE) that facilitates electronic sharing of clinical information among community providers. The innovative project utilizes telemedicine, distance learning, information-sharing through Carefx’s Fusionfx portal, mobile mammography and rotations by LSUHSC-S students to bring world-class care to rural Louisiana residents.
For the LARHIX project, Carefx deployed its Fusionfx portal solution, with its federated, patient-centric model, to facilitate the timely, accurate electronic sharing of clinical information among community providers. With Fusionfx at its core, this project went well beyond a normal IT project, according to Jamie Welch, CIO for LRHC and IT Director for LARHIX. “This is a patient-care project. That’s the whole point. The entire focus is patient care and making sure that patients finally have access to specialists, such as radiologists, cardiologists and neurologists,” Welch told ADVANCE.
“Fusionfx’s federated data model, which keeps data where it originates and does not create a secondary database, offered LARHIX high security, real-time access, rapid deployment, and the opportunity for hospitals to choose their own EMR systems. With Carefx, LARHIX avoids conflicts over data ownership and data integrity and saves time by not developing and maintaining complex duplicate databases,” said Andrew Hurd, Chairman and CEO of Carefx. “Our technology architecture is aligned with LARHIX’s business model, just as Carefx’s overall goals are in line with what LARHIX does in rural Louisiana – advancing the quality of healthcare for patients.”
About Carefx Corporation
Carefx supports healthcare organizations in achieving their vision of advancing the quality and safety of patient care delivery through its Fusionfx solution suite. Fusionfx streamlines and simplifies clinical and business workflow and connects care providers to the information they need – where, when, and how they need it. By managing care transitions and information gaps between diverse systems, departments and facilities, Fusionfx delivers crucial patient information with speed, efficiency and logic. Carefx supports more than 600 hospitals, health systems, regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) across North America and Europe.