Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and USF Health (USF) have deployed careMESH services to improve collaboration between care team and community providers.

careMESH will be integrated with TGH’s Epic Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

This will enable automatic and digital patient admission and discharge alerts to the patient’s primary care physician. Also, clinical staff can send referrals and transitions of care to any provider across the US.

Tampa General Hospital executive vice-president and chief information officer Scott Arnold said: “We have long sought new ways to engage with the community and better communicate and collaborate with partner physicians and practices while ensuring operational efficiency and patient privacy.

“We were drawn to careMESH because they solve a key challenge: how to move all communications with external clinicians to digital communications.”

Hospital users will be able to access the careMESH National Provider Directory from the EMR and enter the patient’s primary care physiciant and/or specialist(s) in the patient chart.

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Automated and manual workflows will then use the directory information and careMESH’s delivery management service to virtually deliver patient health information, such as discharge summaries, consultation reports and lab results.

careMESH founder and CEO Dr Peter Tippett said: “Tampa General Hospital and USF Health are amazingly innovative healthcare organisations and have set a new standard in how hospitals can coordinate care with outside physicians and practices.

“Our platform was designed from the ground up to modernise healthcare communications, allowing doctors to digitally communicate with anybody and share patient records, without leaving their EHR.”

Tampa General Hospital is a 1007-bed non-profit academic medical centre that provides Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care.

It runs 14 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Care, 15 outpatient Radiology Centers and a TGH Urgent Care.