St. Tammany Parish Hospital Selects RelayHealth’s Health Information Exchange Solution to Advance Community Care and Contr

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH) in Covington, La., today announced that it has selected RelayHealth as its partner to build a community-wide health information exchange (HIE) connecting its physicians for the benefit of its patients in western St. Tammany, eastern Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. STPH leads its region in quality and safety. It selected RelayHealth – which provides a variety of clinical, financial, and pharmacy focused connectivity solutions to other health systems – to provide connectivity and clinical applications for its HIE.

As part of a larger strategy in evolving the HIE and online enrollment, the not-for-profit, 222-bed community hospital plans to leverage RelayHealth as the hospital moves toward accountable care organization (ACO) status and increases the electronic services that it offers to its community physicians.

“State leaders are looking to STPH to lead local hospitals to collaborate and exchange data,” said Tim Lessing, senior vice president and chief financial officer, St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “RelayHealth will be our HIE partner to advance patient care and to reduce unnecessary expenses such as duplicate lab and radiology tests and paper-based faxing.”

Continuing, Lessing said, “We’re also relying on RelayHealth’s HIE solution to increase medication safety for our patients through ePrescribing, now proven to prevent incorrect dosing, illegible hand-writing and other types of errors through accurate transmissions, especially in the emergency room.”

With RelayHealth scheduled for rapid deployment this month, STPH’s acute and affiliated practice physicians will be better aligned with STPH and better positioned to qualify for government financial incentives as provided by ARRA. The STPH HIE will support:

  • delivery of clinical documents,
  • lab and test results (including discharge summaries and transcriptions of laboratory and radiology reports),
  • electronic prescribing, and
  • colleague-to-colleague secure messaging

The HIE network is powered by RelayClinical™ Platform, components of which form RelayClinical™ EHR, recently certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program to meet Stage 1 meaningful use requirements for complete electronic health record (EHR) ambulatory certification.

“Physicians want easy access in real time to a community-wide network in which their EHR systems could be populated with shared documents and to remove multiple faxing typically part of a practice’s daily routine,” Lessing said. “Our strategy is to establish the initial HIE capacity to help meet our physicians’ needs.”

“We’re honored to support St. Tammany Parish Hospital in building its HIE infrastructure to improve the care of its Northshore patient community,” said Jim Bodenbender, President, RelayHealth Connectivity Solutions. “St. Tammany is forward thinking in its recognition of the HIE as key to better, more cost-effective care. A HIE’s value lies in its ability to eliminate redundancy, which will drive down the cost of healthcare, while enabling the continuity of care necessary for consistently positive outcomes.”

About St. Tammany Parish Hospital

A full-service acute care facility providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding.

About RelayHealth

RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business, operates as a neutral partner in an open network environment, offering connectivity services and integration among all organizations, systems, and solutions. Its intelligent network is designed to streamline clinical, financial and administrative communication between patients, providers, payers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and financial institutions. RelayHealth works to accelerate the delivery of high-quality care and improve financial performance through solutions such as online consultation of physicians, electronic prescribing, point-of-service pharmacy claims resolution by payers. RelayHealth securely processes more than 12.8 billion financial and clinical transactions annually. For more information, call 888.743.8735, or visit our Web site at Follow us on Twitter (@RelayHealth) or visit the RelayHealth Facebook page.

“This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.”

RelayHealth, a division of McKesson Corporation, RelayClinical EHR 10.3, 11192010‐3903‐8, Clinical Quality Measures Certified, email software, zip software used in certification process.


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