Ohio HIE Success Story - West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance

West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance – Connecting for Wellness in 2015

Grand Lake Health System, Mercer Health, St. Rita’s Health Partners, VanWert County Hospital

The West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance includes wellness coordinators within a network of community hospitals that promote wellness in the community and work together to provide occupational health and wellness services to area employers, including their own hospital employees, manufacturers, healthcare providers and administrative offices. The CliniSync Health Information Exchange is helping deliver real-time results to employees who want to be screened for lipid profiles (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL), fasting glucose for diabetes, blood pressure and heart rate, waist circumference and body mass index. Anne Dunne, a wellness coordinator at VanWert County Hospital says in the past it could take two weeks or more before employees received their lab results, but today, they can get some results before they leave the screening and others within 24 hours. “I received my first email saying my labs were imported within two hours of my screening appointment. By the next morning I was able to log in and see all of my results and start working on a plan to become healthier.” Paul Bohner, Environmental Services Supervisor at Van Wert County Hospital

HIT Tools Used:

Health Information Exchange

Lab results delivery in real time

Value Added:

Employee satisfaction, time savings, healthy outcomes

Key Results: With 350 employees at Van Wert, Dunn says results in 2011 indicate that BMI went down by 8 percent, blood pressure by 6 percent, LDL cholesterol by 7 percent and tobacco use by 8 percent.