The Colorado Dental Association (CDA) and CORHIO, a Colorado health information exchange, are launching a pilot program to help dentists share data with other providers.
Pilot program dental providers will join CORHIO’s HIE and save implementation costs ($10,000) and receive two months of service. CDA is working with CORHIO to identify suitable candidates for the pilot project. Once the pilot is complete, CDA and CORHIO will partner to help Colorado dentists join the HIE.
By participating in HIE, providers can safely open lines of communication between dentists and other providers and bridge gaps in clinical knowledge. According to the CDA, access to the right health information at the right time improves the quality, efficiency and safety of patient care.
Here are some common scenarios where sharing health information could help dental providers communicate better with doctors:
• An oral surgery patient forgets to mention that he is taking blood thinners for a heart problem. With HIE, all the information is there for the oral surgeon before any intervention.
• A primary care provider is unaware that the dentist has recently diagnosed his diabetic patient with gum disease. If both providers were on the CORHIO HIE, this information would be easily shared.
• A dentist suspects a patient of looking for drugs and has reported their medical records, but the patient’s primary care physician uses a different system and therefore does not know. HIE operates outside of electronic health record systems, so it doesn’t matter that the dentist and primary care physician are on different systems.
“I am thrilled to have this pilot program available to our members and to share this valuable exchange of health information with the Colorado dental community,” said Greg Hill, executive director/CEO of the Colorado Dental Association, in a statement. communicated. “The benefit of increased transparency with primary care and other providers is important to improving dental care for all Coloradans.”
CORHIO is a health information exchange organization supported by a paid subscription model. Its hosted HIE infrastructure platform and services are provided by a joint partnership between CORHIO and Health Catalyst (formerly Medicity).
Last year, Denver-based CORHIO joined Arizona’s Health Current HIE in a merger to form a regional nonprofit interoperability organization called Contexture. By coming together, the HIEs say they have the potential to create the largest health data service in the West. Melissa Kotrys, CEO of Health Current, is CEO of Contexture, and Morgan Honea, CEO of CORHIO, is Executive Vice President of Contexture.