Community Hospital Takes the Lead on Health Information Exchange

For cloud service providers, the healthcare sector represents a growing opportunity. Health information exchanges (HIEs), which enable disparate organizations to securely share patient data, have emerged as a core element of healthcare reform.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is a 109-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Torrington, CT. CHH’s leaders began establishing its HIE with a clear understanding of the information gaps in their community, a strong focus on the patient, a “start small and grow” philosophy, and a cloud-based implementation model that makes it easy to add new members. Within 18 months of CHH’s initial planning sessions, the HIE, branded as CHHconnect, has enrolled more than 100 member organizations.

The solution comprises three key elements:

  • Siemens Healthcare’s MobileMD provides the HIE infrastructure and interface;
  • The solution is hosted on a secure private cloud based on the Intel® Xeon® processor;
  • The Intel Xeon processor E5 provides high performance and I/O throughput for data-intensive workloads along with hardware-aided encryption support to increase information security.