Kentucky Hospitals Partner on New Information System to Deliver Faster, More Effective Emergency Care
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:53 PM
A substantial grant from the Anthem Foundation has equipped physicians
treating patients in emergency departments (EDs) across the state with new,
state-of-the-art software to help make faster, more informed treatment
decisions. The software, called EDie, was developed by Salt Lake City-based
Collective Medical Technologies and is being provided at no cost to
hospitals across the commonwealth by the Kentucky Hospital Association
(KHA) thanks to the $250,000 grant.
The partnership enables KHA member hospitals’ access to the Collective
Medical network and EDie solution, a real-time, risk-adjusted event
notification and care collaboration platform. This helps KHA members
identify and support high-risk patients in need and facilitates
collaboration of providers across care settings. As a result, the
partnership aims to reduce avoidable readmissions, further enable statewide
efforts to address the opioid epidemic, and better manage complex patients
who frequently seek care in EDs.
Ten Kentucky hospitals have already adopted the technology with 28
additional facilities in the process of onboarding the software. These
facilities will not only have access to data provided by each other, but
also to data from hospitals in other states as well as substance use
disorder facilities, skilled nursing facilities and specialty clinics
across the country.
“Information is a powerful tool in medicine, especially emergency medicine
when life and death decisions must be made quickly,” said Harold C. Warman,
president of Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, the first
hospital in Kentucky to go live with the EDie software. “EDie instantly
consolidates information from multiple sources that would otherwise take
hours to obtain, and lets emergency physicians make faster, more informed
“One particularly powerful application of this technology is in fighting
Kentucky’s opioid epidemic,” explained KHA President Nancy Galvagni.
“Emergency room hopping is a serious obstacle in helping people suffering
from addiction and this software can tell a treating physician if the
patient has a history of ER visits for pain treatment. EDie can be the
difference between enabling addiction and treating it.”
“At Anthem, our mission is to simplify health care, and improve lives and
communities. We value the relationships we have with providers, which in
this instance is working to breakdown information silos and deliver better
care,” said Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky President Kennan
Wethington. “We’re incredibly proud of this innovative partnership because
it will put this technology in the hands of more physicians as more
forward-thinking hospitals choose to participate.”
EDie collects data from thousands of hospitals, urgent cares, clinics and
health plans. It then packages needed data for emergency situations and
delivers critical information to the emergency physician in real time, the
instant it’s needed. In one concise report, the ED team can see patient
history, visit summaries, medical providers, security events, and even care
recommendations like preferred language and drug allergies.
The Anthem Foundation awarded the Kentucky Hospital Association this
$250,000 grant as part of the organization’s efforts to create a more
collaborative and efficient health care system.
If your hospital has yet taken advantage of this opportunity, please contact Melanie Moch at KHA (email@example.com).