Project Summary: COEKG is a Boulder County Medical Society Initiative to build a Model for Linking Clinical Data between hospitals with dissimilar networks using the EKG as a working prototype.
Vision: Blaze the course in an evolving vision to forge protocols and standards through a secure Internet based EKG exchange strategy.
Boulder County Clinics and Hospitals Involved to Date:
All Boulder County Patients, especially underinsured who have inconsistent access to Primary Care Providers and little hope of becoming early participants in the pending Electronic Health Record Revolution unless networking protocols evolve under the supervision and neutral guidance of a charitable, non-profit, overarching organization (ie County/State Medical Society)
Whereas: Electronic Health Records have demonstrated their unquestioned contribution to improved patient care, error reduction, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness;
Whereas: Free market producers of commercial Information Technology have little independent incentive to abandon proprietary formats and create open source solutions because that would entail risk of losing market-share;
Whereas: A decade after secure e-commerce strategies have been available the Health Care Community has been the slowest sector to adopt and enjoy efficiency benefits of this technology;
Resolved: (Less Talk—More Action): Colorado will build the nation’s first statewide secure and accessible network to share critical clinical data between all Emergency Departments and qualifying clinics by the end of 2006.
Phase I has begun and involves a single, but critical element of the EHR – The EKG.