Karen Scoles, M.D. Named HealthShare Exchange Health Information Exchange (HIE) Champion - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on December 22, 2015

Karen Scoles, M.D. Named HealthShare Exchange Health Information Exchange (HIE) Champion

Karen Scoles, M.D., chief medical information officer for Crozer-Keystone Health System

Karen Scoles, M.D.
Chief Medical Information Officer
Crozer-Keystone Health System

Karen Scoles, M.D., chief medical information officer for Crozer-Keystone Health System, was named a Health Information Exchange (HIE) Champion for 2015 by the Delaware Valley’s health information organization, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSX). HSX issued its third annual HIE Champions awards to area health care and health information professionals who deliver vital efforts in making clinical patient information electronically available at important points of care throughout the region.

This year included the “year of the team,” as critical groups of health information staff members at HSX member organizations collectively highlighted the year’s contributions to making interoperable patient information a reality in the local healthcare system. At its annual retreat and award ceremony in November at the Villanova Conference Center, HSX cited Scoles for her contributions to HealthShare Exchange member presentations and her participation in HSX technology demonstrations. She was recognized for leading adoption efforts for HSX services at Crozer-Keystone and her critical role on the HSX board’s Clinical Advisory Committee.

“HSX has been fortunate to have Dr. Scoles lead many efforts to increase awareness and promote the adoption of health information exchange,” says Pam Clarke, HSX’s Senior Director of Member Services and Chief Policy Officer. “She has been passionate and enthusiastic about sharing the benefits she has experienced for her own patients from such services a discharge information. And, throughout, she has demonstrated leadership on this initiative with the broader HSX community.”

Scoles says, “Successful participation in population health management and achieving the desired outcomes for CKHS patients will be totally dependent on the ability to securely exchange information about patients outside of our hospitals and physician practices.”

Scoles is board-certified in internal medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers Medical School, and completed an internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

HSX facilitates the exchange of patient data between health systems and insurers within the region. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization, HSX was formed as a collaboration among major healthcare stakeholders, including health plans and acute-care hospitals across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties to enable the electronic exchange of patient information to improve patient outcomes and to manage and lower healthcare costs.

Crozer-Keystone has become a regional and national leader in the use of information technologies in healthcare. The organization’s accomplishments in information technology (IT) innovation have allowed the health system to not only enhance patient care and patient safety, but to improve financial efficiencies as well. Among Crozer-Keystone’s milestones in information technology:

  • Crozer-Keystone was one of the first health systems in the region to go digital in its radiology operations and use “nighthawk” radiology services, in which radiologists in Israel provide nighttime radiology support to Crozer-Keystone emergency departments.
  • In July 2011, Crozer-Keystone rolled out a new electronic health record system to become one of the first health systems in the nation to meet the meaningful use high-tech goals for quality, safety and efficiency of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Crozer-Keystone has received the Hospitals and Health Networks (HHN) “Most Wired” recognition for the past 11 consecutive years and a total of 14 times. Most recently, Crozer-Keystone was one of 20 health systems nationally to receive the “2014 Most Wired-Advanced” recognition. Only seven other health systems in the nation have consistently met the requirements for that many years. CKHS has also been recognized twice for Most Wired Innovation.
  • In December of 2013, Crozer-Keystone, along with University of Pennsylvania Health System, was the first to electronically send and receive important clinical information affecting patient care through the HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSX).
  • Crozer-Keystone has also implemented a range of systems to ensure more efficient, patient-centered care, including centralized medication distribution, bedside medication administration checking, enterprise document management, as well as electronic order entry and ambulatory electronic medical records.

Established in 1990, Crozer-Keystone Health System is the largest employer and provider of health-care services in Delaware County. The system comprises five hospitals as well as a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Healthplex® Sports Club. Call 1-800-CK-HEALH (1-800-254-3258) or visit www.crozerkeystone.org for more information.

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