Nationwide Connected Care

Participating Organizations: athenahealth, Cerner, CommonWell Health Alliance, eClinicalWorks, Health Gorilla, MatrixCare, MEDITECH

Navigating the healthcare system can be cumbersome, particularly when you have a chronic condition. But when you have a later onset chronic condition and have a demanding career that moves you every three to six months to a different city or even state, managing one’s health can be almost impossible. Meet Oscar. He is a traveling nurse who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the last year by his home base PCP in New York. Months later, while on a travel nurse assignment in Louisiana, Oscar acquires a respiratory infection and is diagnosed with pneumonia. Follow his health journey through acute inpatient, standalone ED, PCPs and specialty settings in a coordinated management of his chronic and acute conditions. Regardless of where his care occurs, Oscar and his providers have access to his health records nationwide via the CommonWell Health Alliance nationwide network. Watch as his providers leverage event notifications, smart record locator services and discrete data exchange via FHIR at a national scale to coordinate care and help avoid readmission. Working together, Oscar’s providers were able to coordinate his care across thousands of miles, different providers, venues of care and health IT systems. Oscar was able to help manage his own care and be a more empowered patient thanks to his connected personal health record. The end result: Oscar is able to continue pursuing his love of nursing and traveling, while also seeing positive health outcomes.