Susquehanna Health Chooses Summit Provider Exchange for Bi-Directional Physician EMR Integration

Braintree, Mass., - Susquehanna Health, a health system that includes four affiliate hospitals in rural north-central Pennsylvania, has expanded its partnership with Summit Healthcare to streamline its bi-directional physician office integration efforts and will be implementing the Summit Provider Exchange technology solution in early 2013.

Susquehanna Health is a current customer of Summit Healthcare and leverages their business continuity technology to tackle system and network downtime. In evaluating their current vendor partnerships, they turned to Summit Healthcare, as they also offer proven integration experience to tackle even the most complex workflows often associated with bi-directional physician integration.
 
Summit Provider Exchange will enable seamless inbound orders integration between Susquehanna Health and their 125 physicians while the hospital will continue to leverage their investment in their existing Siemens OPENlink interface engine for their outbound integration. The physician offices are currently live with NextGen EMR system.
 
Summit Provider Exchange leverages inherent features to ensure patient matching occurs on the front end, and if this fails, Summit Provider Exchange holds the order, providing an intuitive end-user application to match orders to the patient and correct any discrepancies. This enables all the benefits of streamlined integration, while avoiding the pitfalls of duplicate data sets and eliminating calls to the physician offices to resend or modify the original orders for the patient.
 
"Summit Healthcare was the clear choice for our physician office integration strategy offering proven industry experience to meet our specific needs. Working with a large physician office population and multiple physician EMR systems, we knew we had some challenges upfront," said Tim Schoener, CIO, Susquehanna Health. "Summit Provider Exchange did not force us to replace our interface engine or to rework our integration foundation we already had in place. The Summit Provider Exchange technology will complement our workflow and was the missing piece in the puzzle to get this project off the ground."
 
"Summit Healthcare is pleased to expand our partnership with Susquehanna Health to support their physician EMR integration efforts and assist them with their unique workflow needs. The Summit Provider Exchange technology solution is emerging as a leader in the marketplace and we look forward to the opportunity to extend this technology offering to the Siemens customer base." said Ted Rossi, CEO, Summit Healthcare.

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About Susquehanna Health
Susquehanna Health is a four-hospital integrated health system including Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital, Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital and Williamsport Regional Medical Center located in northcentral Pennsylvania. Serving patients from an 11-county region, Susquehanna Health is a healthcare leader and has been recognized at the national and state levels for quality of care. Susquehanna Health offers a wide array of services that include cancer care, heart and vascular care/heart surgery, neurosciences including neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, OB/GYN, gastrointestinal services, behavioral health, physical rehabilitation, home care, long term care, assisted living and paramedic/ambulance services.