Doc Halo, the pioneer in clinical communication technology, has connected the largest cities in Ohio on the Halo Spectrum platform. The cloud-based platform that runs on smartphones allows hospitals to unify mobile communication and improve workflows for clinicians. In addition, by accessing the database on the platform, physicians can communicate with colleagues across the state and the nation.
University Hospitals of Cleveland has been on the system for over a year, and Sisters of Charity Hospital System in Cleveland is set to Go Live next month. The Ohio State University also recently launched the platform for 20,000 health professionals. In addition, several organizations in Cincinnati including TriHealth, add to the expanding network across the state, improving communication and care coordination. In total, there are now more than 55,000 health care professionals communicating on Halo Spectrum in Ohio.
Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians (COPCP), one of the nation’s largest independent primary care networks with nearly 400 physicians, and one of the early adopters in Ohio has been using Halo Spectrum for more than two years. “We are happy to partner with Doc Halo in order for our physicians to provide even better patient care through high quality and timely communications,” said Angelo Mazzacco, Chief Information Officer at COPCP.
“As a practicing physician and from the perspective of an administrator, I can state that Doc Halo has had a tremendous positive impact on our company,” said Dr. Robert Stone, Medical Director of COPCP. “Physicians appreciate the convenience of receiving HIPAA-compliant reports without having to call in and potentially wait on hold for a verbal report as well as the ease with which they can contact colleagues. It integrates seamlessly with smartphones and we have made it mandatory that all physicians are on the system.”
Doc Halo’s platform includes HIPAA-compliant texting, improved voice technologies, mobilized alerts, and real-time smart scheduling for clinical team coordination.
Several other states are also developing networks. CRISP, Maryland’s State Designated Health Information Exchange (HIE), makes Halo Spectrum available to Participants as an option for Care Coordination communication. Several hospitals and provider organizations throughout the state are on the network, and the University of Maryland Health System recently implemented the Halo Spectrum platform.
“As care coordination becomes increasingly important to improving patient outcomes and managing cost, the need to implement efficient and secure communication options for care team members is critical,” said Brandon Neiswender, Vice President & COO at CRISP. “Incorporating secure texting along with cross community directories allows for real-time communications that make care coordination a reality.”
A clinical communication platform like Halo Spectrum is distinct from Electronic Health Records. Although EHR’s improve documentation and revenue cycle management for health systems, many experts agree they have little impact and, in some cases, detrimental effects on real-time communication and collaboration. This is where cloud-based technology that can be easily configured to cross facilities, cross organizations and align clinicians is having a large impact on patient care.
“The rapid exchange of actionable clinical communications for nurses and physicians reduces delays in care,” said Allison Morin, MSN, RN-BC, and Director of Nursing Informatics at Doc Halo. “This has a tremendous impact on patient care and significantly improves physician and nurse satisfaction.”