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CareEvolution and AccessNET consortium to create statewide health information exchange for safety net providers in South Carolina


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CareEvolution and AccessNET consortium to create statewide health information exchange for safety net providers in South Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 26, 2006 -

AccessNET Consortium of South Carolina and CareEvolution, Inc. announced that they have achieved critical milestones in their partnership to erect a statewide record locator service for over 4 million consumers in South Carolina. The joint announcement was made at the Third Health Information Technology Summit being held in Washington, D.C. this week.

AccessNET received one year of funding from HRSA through the Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP) in 2005 that has provided resources to develop a system of care for uninsured and underinsured families in a 3-county area in South Carolina. During this work, AccessNET recognized early on that secure exchange of health information would be central to improving the quantity and quality of care for its target population. To this end, AccessNET began a partnership with CareEvolution to leverage administrative claims data to establish the infrastructure for a health information exchange for the region.

The project is on track to deploy a working pilot of a federated health information exchange encompassing 4 million patients to a limited set of providers by December 2006. "Our relationship with CareEvolution is different because it is a true partnership with a shared vision to vastly improve health outcomes for disenfranchised populations that don't have anyone looking after their continuity of care", said Laura Morris, Director, AccessNET. "As a caregiver, you just cannot do a great job for these folks if you don't know what their health history is," continued Morris.

"Our teams have been able to accomplish a tremendous amount in very short time period. By leveraging existing claims data, we are on track to be able to offer an effective exchange covering over ninety percentage of the state's population," said Vik Kheterpal, MD, a principal at CareEvolution. "And we have done this with very modest resources and budget," continued Kheterpal.

About AccessNET Consortium

The Palmetto Project is a statewide non-profit organization, founded in 1985 by CEOs from the South Carolina's largest corporations. Its mission is to create innovative public-private partnerships to solve community problems. It serves as the lead agent for the AccessNET Consortium, whose partners include several components of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Hospital, Children's Care Clinics, Women's Health Clinics, College of Nursing Hispanic Women's Health, Hollings Oncology Center, and Family Medicine); SC Budget and Control Board Office of Research and Statistics; Charleston County Medical Society's Medical Homes for Children; Charleston/ Dorchester Community Mental Health; three Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs); SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Region 7; Trident United Way 211 Hotline; East Cooper Community Outreach; Tri-County Project Care; and a growing list of additional providers and community organizations.

About CareEvolution, Inc.

CareEvolution is a leading provider of secure interoperability solutions. Our RHIO platform offering is a robust Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to enable RHIOs� heterogeneous underlying EMRs to �share� clinical information in a secure, reliable, and incremental manner. Distinct component such as Identity Management, Record Location, Clinical Data Integration, Audit & Log, Data Persistence, Visualization, Terminology, and Data Mining may be adopted piecemeal or as a comprehensive technology platform.

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