Three Indianapolis skilled nursing facilities, part of Golden Living, the leading provider of post-acute healthcare services, will join more than 60 hospitals, clinical laboratories, and other medical facilities serving nearly six million patients and residents as a member of the INPC, a network that makes patient data from one institution securely available at any other INPC participant in real time. This provides physicians with the information they need — when and where they need it — to make decisions critical to patient care.
The Golden LivingCenters joining INPC are Brookview, Brandywine, and Indianapolis. To begin, Golden Living is focusing on the Indianapolis market, with plans to later add its other 20 LivingCenters across Indiana.
The medical information of patients and residents of skilled nursing facilities that are members of INPC will be readily available to the medical staff of hospitals, providing a significant opportunity to improve patient care. This will allow physicians to immediately know the resident’s or patient’s medical history, medication record, recent laboratory results and other health information. Equally important, information from the hospital visit will be readily available to the skilled nursing facility upon admission.
“During transitions of care between emergency departments and nursing homes, providers generally deliver care in the absence of complete information. This initiative has the potential to help providers on both sides of the transfer deliver higher quality and safer care,” said Kevin Terrell, D.O., Regenstrief Institute investigator, Indiana University Center for Aging Research scientist and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Created and operated by the Regenstrief Institute, an international leader in electronic medical record and health information exchange development and operations, the INPC daily handles approximately 2.5 million secure transactions of clinically relevant data such as laboratory test results, medication and treatment histories, and other clinically important information in a standardized, electronic format. This information is critical to diagnoses, treatment and referral decisions.
“Golden Living is proud to partner with the INPC in providing such an important tool to our LivingCenters,” said Neil Kurtz, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Golden Living. “We believe that innovative use of health information technology is a critical pathway to improvements in health care quality and cost efficiency. Our patients, residents, and employees will all benefit from our participation with the INPC.”
The INPC also supports services including delivering test results and reports to physicians through the DOCS4DOCS® service and also provides a chronic disease and preventive health service through the Quality Health First® program, offered by the Indiana Health Information Exchange. IHIE, a Regenstrief partner, is the nation’s largest health information exchange.
“Improving care for everyone in the state is an important goal of the INPC effort. We are pleased that Golden Living has chosen to become an INPC participant and extend that potential to some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Ph.D., director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, president and CEO of IHIE and Regenstrief Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. “INPC is an easy-to-use, clinical information network that will help long term care facilities and other health care providers give their patients the best care possible while saving health care dollars.”
The Regenstrief Institute and the IU School of Medicine are located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Additional information on INPC, including links to studies on how health information exchange supports clinical care, can be found at www.regenstrief.org/medinformatics/inpc.
About Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
The Regenstrief Institute, Inc., an internationally recognized informatics and health care research organization, is dedicated to the improvement of health through research that enhances the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Established in Indianapolis by philanthropist Sam Regenstrief in 1969 on the campus of the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Institute is supported by the Regenstrief Foundation and closely affiliated with the I.U. School of Medicine and the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana. Regenstrief Institute investigators form a highly respected cadre of health services researchers linked to one of the largest and most comprehensive medical informatics laboratories in the world. www.regenstrief.org.
About Golden Living
Golden Living is one of the largest providers of health care services in the United States. Golden Living companies operate skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and provide rehabilitation therapy, hospice care, home health services and health care staffing services. The Golden Living family of companies include Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies, AseraCare Hospice and Home Health, and 360 Healthcare Staffing. There are more than 300 Golden LivingCenters in 21 states. Golden Living also offers assisted living services at more than 40 locations. In addition, the Golden Innovations companies partner with more than 1,000 nursing homes, hospitals and other health care organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, the Golden Living family of companies has more than 40,000 employees who provide quality health care to more than 60,000 patients every day. More information is available at www.goldenliving.com.