Inland Northwest Health Services selects Kryptiq to connect Regional Health Information System

Portland 19 May 2005Lauded by peers as a pre-eminent example for Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) success, Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) of Spokane, Washington, is expanding its relationship with Kryptiq Corporation to further its vision for a connected health care community. INHS is a non-profit corporation sponsored by Deaconess Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center, and manages medical information for 2,6 million patients across 32 hospitals in Washington and Idaho. By integrating Kryptiq ClinicalMessenger with their existing network of electronic health record (EHR) systems, an entire region of health care providers can now share critical patient information where and when it is needed from directly within their EHR.


Kryptiq's ClinicalMessenger solution enables electronic communications of structured patient information among multiple, independent care facilities using separate EHR systems. It integrates messaging capabilities within the EHR application, such as the GE Healthcare Centricity Physician Office electronic medical record in use at all INHS supported hospitals and clinics.

"Connecting providers and allowing them to share health information electronically between organisations in the community enables each community member to realize increased value from their investment in an EHR and is a critical step toward creating a unified national network for exchanging patient information", stated Tom Fritz, CEO of INHS. "The Kryptiq products have been proven within our network and will help foster better and more efficient care across our region as well as with other RHIOs."

INHS began working with Kryptiq in 2003 at the Heart Institute of Spokane, a non-profit organisation providing cardiovascular care, education and research that is a member of the INHS network. Successful use and proven value of the Kryptiq solutions have led to wider deployment. Today, many physicians within the INHS network use Kryptiq products to facilitate electronic referrals and the fluid exchange of information.

Tom Fritz was speaking at the recent Second Annual Kryptiq Connectivity Summit highlighting the INHS case study in connecting communities. The Kryptiq Connectivity Summit was created to explore the latest trends and thinking on health care connectivity, interoperability, and transformation. The Summit has attracted national leaders from providers, payers, health care IT and public policy.

"INHS has provided an important and successful model for other communities to follow in sharing health information", stated Janet M. Marchibroda, Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Initiative. "They are to be commended for their efforts in advancing health information exchange nationwide."

INHS is a non-profit corporation sponsored by Deaconess Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, to provide collaborative health care services for Spokane and the surrounding region. INHS companies include St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, Community Health Education and Resources (CHER), Children's Miracle Network, Northwest Telehealth, Information Resource Management and Northwest MedStar.

Kryptiq is a provider of interoperability and work flow connectivity solutions for health care. Kryptiq streamlines health care communications among patients, providers, pharmacies and payers with secure messaging, electronic prescribing, disease management, and contract management technologies. By integrating these solutions with existing systems and applications, Kryptiq enables the trusted transport of health information where and when it is needed. Kryptiq's fast growing customer base includes many of the nations top 100 integrated health networks, spans 44 states plus Washington D.C., and includes well-known providers and payers such as Providence Health System, Capital Region Healthcare, MeritCare Health System, Eastern Maine Healthcare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Kaiser Permanente.

Leslie Versweyveld

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