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    Missouri population health project recruits small practice partners

    In another move to coordinate care among residents in counties throughout central, northeast and southeastern Missouri, The University of Missouri Health Care will extend its population health management platform across five affiliated independent healthcare organizations.

    The agreement also includes a commitment to improve interoperability between electronic health records (EHRs) used by MU Health Care’s affiliated organizations, which will lay the groundwork for small independent practices serving patients in the region to use the population health system.

    The revised platform, which is scheduled to go live this spring, will allow MU Health Care to exchange clinical and claims data, demographic and socioeconomic data and other patient information with five other health systems that, along with MU Health Care, are members of the Health Network of Missouri (HNM), a collaborative of six independent health care organizations that use several different EHRs.

    By developing a population health platform that provides a longitudinal record of patients’ care, providers at HNM organizations can access a system that will help their care teams improve care coordination and identify gaps in care. Additionally, information gathered in the system will provide timely information about patients’ conditions and help providers intervene when their condition worsens. 

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