CentraState Health System maintains a "very tight relationship" with community physicians and offers a lot of support services, said Neal Ganguly, VP and CIO of the not-for-profit health organization, which includes the CentraState Medical Center, an acute-care facility in Freehold, N.J.; three senior living communities; and a family medicine center.
CentraState has been helping local physicians in various ways, including providing advice on how to select, adopt, and implement electronic health record systems. Because the local doctors' practices have installed a variety of EHR systems, CentraState also has built a private health information exchange to connect with physician offices. The organization decided that this was a more efficient approach than building expensive, point-to-point interfaces with each EHR.
To connect with providers outside its own exchange, CentraState has joined a regional health information exchange, Jersey Health Connect, that includes 17 other hospitals, Ganguly said.