Huntsville Hospital Health System, Huntsville, Ala, the nation’s fifth largest publicly owned healthcare organization, has selected the Caradigm Health Information Exchange (HIE), powered by Orion Health, to provide the backbone for integrated care across the community. Its ultimate goal is to connect care across the entire northern Alabama region.

Joining Huntsville Hospital in the exchange will be all of its affiliates—The Heart Center, Decatur Morgan Hospital, Helen Keller Hospital, Athens-Limestone Hospital, and Lawrence Medical Center—as well as Marshall Medical Centers and Cullman Regional Medical Center.

The hospital will use the Caradigm HIE to aggregate patient and population data from across the care continuum, creating a rich transactional clinical data repository that community hospitals, physician clinics, and other affiliated providers can leverage as members to streamline care coordination, improve care quality, and increase patient satisfaction. The solution also will enable Huntsville Hospital adopt population health strategies that align with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use initiative.