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MyHealth, BCBSOK collaborate on health records

MyHealth, BCBSOK collaborate on health records

Dr. Joseph Cunningham, president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, makes remarks during a news conference outside the company’s facility in Tulsa. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP)

TULSA – MyHealth Access Network will provide its secure health records portal to all qualified providers in Oklahoma.

These services are being made available to all qualified Oklahoma providers through Sept. 1 with money from a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. The new program will enable front-line health care providers to use MyHealth to reference patient health data, including any test results for COVID-19, in real-time.

“Our vision at MyHealth has always been to connect all of the state’s laboratories, clinics, hospitals, and other provider organizations on one network in order to provide a complete and accurate picture of each patient’s health,” said MyHealth President and CEO Dr. David Kendrick. “Oklahoma’s health care community has supported MyHealth in pursuit of that goal since our founding in 2010, and the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of that decade of investment in our infrastructure.

MyHealth’s real-time data exchange provides health care workers on the front line with immediate access to lab results and other health information they need to keep their patients and themselves safe, he said.

“Thanks to this generous gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, many more patients in Oklahoma can have the benefit of being cared for by a connected, fully informed provider,” Kendrick said.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma President Dr. Joseph R. Cunningham said that his organization’s investment is intended to save lives by ensuring providers have access to the information they need in the fight against the coronavirus.

“We believe having the ability to connect health care providers across our state to the most comprehensive information they need to treat patients is vital to keeping Oklahoma safe and healthy, especially during this COVID-19 outbreak,” said Cunningham. “We have invested in the MyHealth program because we want to help strengthen this tool by covering costs to get all providers, including first responders, on board so we can all work together to ultimately save more lives.”

MyHealth Access Network is a nonprofit health information exchange created in 2009 by a coalition of health care industry stakeholders across the state

On Friday, MyHealth announced the addition of Integris Health to its health information exchange. Dr. Benjamin Mansalis of Integris joined the MyHealth board of directors.

The addition of Integris Health brings MyHealth’s membership to 300 Oklahoma health care organizations serving more than 85,000 patients daily across more than 1,100 sites of care statewide.

“As members of MyHealth, Integris providers will have a more complete picture of their patients’ health, and the thousands of other providers they coordinate care with across Oklahoma will have more immediate access to test results, discharge summaries, and plans of care for the patients they share with Integris,” said Kendrick.

MyHealth securely links health care data from providers across the state so that patients can have their complete health record being available where and when they need it for care.

“As Oklahoma providers battle COVID-19, this type of care coordination is more important than ever,” said Timothy Pehrson, Integris Health president and CEO. “Every member of the care team must always be well-informed about testing and infection status and MyHealth provides insight into a patient’s total health record to ensure safety, quality care and reduced duplications.”