Rush Health creating private info network

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Rush Health announced plans Tuesday to a create a private health information network for its doctors and hospitals that will give professionals near real-time access to patient charts.

“We will be able to identify populations of patients with chronic diseases like hypertension or diabetes, and know right away when patients are seen in an emergency room or admitted to a hospital. Using this information, we can better analyze trends and patterns to organize approaches to care and follow up that can reduce episodes of care, improve health and save patients and payers money,” Rush Health president and CEO Brent J. Estes said in a news release.

Rush Health has contracted with Caradigm, a Bellevue, Wash., health software company. Estes told Chicago Healthcare Daily the project will cost several million dollars but wasn’t specific.

Rush Health includes about 1,000 health care professionals and three hospitals: Rush University Medical Center, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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