Health networks are joining forces

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)- Health networks here are joining forces with the Front Range to give better care to local residents.

Quality Health Network, based in Grand Junction, is merging its database with Colorado Regional Health Information based in Denver.

Officials here say ski season is a good example of why health data sharing is so important.
As Coloradans travel across the state to ski, their data will follow them.

If a person ends up in a ski town hospital emergency room, doctors there can quickly access health information from their home doctors.

“The time saved on the patient is wonderful. The reduction costs because lab tests and diagnostics don’t have to be repeated, so not only does it save time but it saves money,” says Dick Thompson with Quality Health Network
Previously, these two health networks notified patients and providers through an alerting system.

They say the new file sharing will be much more effective.