Texas Health Resources joins health info exchange for North, South and West Texas 
            ARLINGTON, Texas (Jan. 27, 2016) – Texas Health Resources recently became the first North Texas health system to join HASA -- the health information exchange for 132 counties in North, South and West Texas regions.
            The collaborative effort is a newly expanded health information exchange (HIE) established to enhance the interconnection between health care providers and patients across several Texas regions.
            For more than three years, Texas Health’s HIE has helped improve both the coordination and quality of patient care – minimizing duplication of tests and procedures; lessening the number of hospital admissions; and improving patient-physician communication.
            “Texas Health represents a significant portion of the North Texas healthcare market and is a key cornerstone to establishing a public HIE infrastructure in this region,” said Phil Beckett, chief expansion technology officer for HASA. “We are both proud and excited to partner with Texas Health to provide HIE services and look forward to including others so that we can deliver value quickly.”
            And Joey Sudomir, Texas Health’s senior vice president and chief information officer, agrees.
            “It’s all about having the right information at the right time to make well-informed clinical decisions for the patient,” Sudomir said. “Focusing on an individual’s health and well-being is paramount, but we want to also offer a seamless, continuum of care. Through our collaborative effort with HASA, we’ll be able to do that, beyond North Texas.”
            HASA is working in collaboration with community and healthcare leaders in North Texas to build out an advanced, public HIE infrastructure that supports local needs, leverages local initiatives and improves the healthcare experience for providers and patients toward a healthier community.
            In South Texas (San Antonio and surrounding counties) HASA has connected more than 1.6 million unique patients.  In October of last year, HASA merged with the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership (NTAHP) and made possible bringing the electronic health records of millions of new patients under the HASA umbrella.
            An HIE allows healthcare providers to have access to clinical patient information in real time, when care is needed, and it empowers patients because it gives them access to and the ability to manage their own medical records. 
 About HASA
            HASA is a 501 (c) (3) community collaborative initiative to enhance access to health and medical care for Central Texas residents through Health Information Exchange (HIE). Supported by major providers in the community, HASA adds to the medical safety net by offering an electronic shared patient record in a safe and secure environment. With this level of connectivity across provider entities, care can be delivered more effectively and conveniently. www.hasatx.org 
About Texas Health Resources 
            Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley Hospitals, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.