Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a local health information exchange (HIE) servicing San Antonio and 22 surrounding counties, announced in October that it expanded its operations into Dallas, merging with the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership (NTAHP), a local HIE servicing the Dallas area. With this merger, there will now be eight HIE organizations in Texas along with HIETexas, which provides shared services and works to strengthen and streamline local coordination among all public and private HIEs across the state.
NTAHP’s HIE service area includes 11 counties, 11,700 physicians, 137 hospitals and over 6.5 million people. The merger brings the electronic health records of millions of new patients under the HASA umbrella.
Gijs van Oort, HASA’s executive director, will oversee the expanded organization. He noted, “It is a major milestone for Texas that patients in need of emergency medical care can be hours away from home and still have their medical history available.” He continued, “With the Corpus Christi region already sharing patient information on the same platform, the expanded HIE will be able to connect patients and doctors at opposite ends of the I35 corridor where each day hundreds of thousands of people travel from one city to the other.”
Joe Lastinger who serves as NTAHP’s executive director said of the merger, “Once it became clear that we needed to consolidate in order to bring better value to our stakeholders, HASA was the logical choice. They have the organizational maturity, a proven business model, and a great technical solution.”
Working with all of the major health systems in San Antonio and other healthcare providers, HASA has connected more than 1.6 million unique patients. The merger will significantly expand the connectivity of health records in the San Antonio and Dallas regions as well as across Texas under the statewide HIETexas umbrella.