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Texas Health Resources Joins San Antonio-Based Health Information Exchange

Texas Health Resources has joined a San Antonio-based health information exchange that groups medical records from some hospital systems throughout 132 Texas counties.
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Texas Health Resources has joined a San Antonio-based health information exchange that groups medical records from some hospital systems throughout 132 Texas counties.

Arlington’s THR is the only system in North Texas to join the HASA Health Information Organization. The exchange is a relatively new initiative. It started in San Antonio in 2013, predicated on the idea that shared information between systems could help identify wasteful spending and tease out best practices. Texas Health Resources is a major get for HASA, as it sees more patients than any other system in North Texas.

“Texas Health represents a significant portion of the North Texas healthcare market and is a key cornerstone to establishing a public HIE infrastructure in this region,” said Phil Beckett, chief expansion technology officer for HASA. “We are both proud and excited to partner with Texas Health to provide HIE services and look forward to including others so that we can deliver value quickly.”

According to data provided by HASA, 30 hospital systems currently provide data to the exchange. That accounts for more than 1.8 million unique patients, and less than 2 percent of those have opted out (as is their choice). HASA is the only exchange in Texas to achieve accreditation by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission and just the fourth in the U.S. It’s not clear whether this deal will include any patients from the UT Southwestern Medical Center system when the two link to create an alliance known as Southwestern Health Resources. Both organizations have said a key cornerstone of that arrangement is to group their electronic health records.

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