DHA Collaborates with Medicity to Transform Healthcare in Mississippi Delta
Salt Lake City, Utah – May 16, 2011 – Medicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), announced today its collaboration with Delta Health Alliance, one of 17 sites nationwide selected by the federal government to serve as a Beacon Community for the pioneering use of health information technology. Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded Beacon grants totaling $220 million as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.
“Connecting physicians with each other and with hospitals using Medicity technology will enable those providers to collaborate more easily to improve disease management of their patients,” said Karen C. Fox, CEO of Delta Health Alliance.
Nearly 13 percent of Mississippi Delta residents live with diabetes, twice the national average. The Beacon project’s primary goal is to show how health information technology can be used to support changes in clinical practice to reduce that percentage.
Anna Lyn Whitt, Beacon Project Director, added, “Both providers and residents will benefit from a more cost-efficient health system that will enable us to redirect resources into patient care and out of administration and recordkeeping.”
“State of the art secure health information technology is paramount to ensuring community-wide and nationwide collaboration that will make a difference in healthcare delivery and demonstrate healthcare efficiency in our communities,” said Brent Dover, Medicity’s President. “We are excited to work with Delta Health Alliance as well as our other Beacon Communities that will serve as models for improving healthcare quality and costs.”
About Delta Health Alliance
Delta Health Alliance is changing health care in the Mississippi Delta by improving access to health care and providing education for healthier lifestyles. DHA accomplishes this by linking the three major universities that serve the Delta (Delta State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi Valley State University) with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Delta Council., the region’s economic development organization. The primary purpose of the DHA is to coordinate and provide oversight for community-based programs that address critical healthcare and wellness gaps in the Delta. DHA strives to accomplish this by focusing on increasing access to healthcare, improving health education, and conducting health research. For more information, visit http://www.deltahealthalliance.org.
Medicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), is the leading innovator and largest provider of HIE technology – with more than 750 hospitals, 125,000 physicians and 250,000 end users in its connected ecosystem. Medicity’s solutions empower hospitals, physicians and HIEs with secure access to and exchange of health information – improving the quality and efficiency of patient care locally, regionally and nationally. For more information, please visit www.medicity.com or follow us on twitter.com/Medicity.