Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 66 HEALTH & WELLNESS National and international healthcare professionals recognize the Charlotte- Mecklenburg area as a leader and focal point for the entire west-central region of the state. Charlotte is home to two nationally ranked hospital systems as well as a variety of specialty provider practices. State- of-the-art medical campuses, primary care facilities, healthcare research and technology facilities, as well as a growing medical equipment and pharmaceutical industry combine to create a community of resources proving to be a boom to the region's growing economy. In fact, there are nearly 140,000 healthcare sector jobs in the region accounting for 1 out of every 10 total jobs. Charlotte is fortunate to be able to recruit a majority of its medical employees locally. According to the local Chamber of Commerce, much of the area's healthcare talent is recruited from the more than 27 nearby col- leges and universities and 18 community colleges and technical institutes in the region. Each year, nearly 5,000 students in the area earn healthcare-related degrees on a variety of fields of endeavor from phle- botomy certifications to Ph.D.'s in bioinformatics. As mentioned, the flagships of two nationally ranked hospital systems reside within the Charlotte area - Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System. Just last year these two healthcare giants began connecting patients' electronic medical records to improve patient care across the region. As the two largest healthcare systems in the region, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health chose to build connectivity through their respective Health Informa- tion Exchange (HIE) systems to improve the overall patient experience and the health of the communities they serve. This new partnership allows physicians and clinicians to see relevant portions of patients' elec- tronic medical records regardless of where they receive care. The partnership is a significant step toward im- proving efficiencies and cost by reducing readmissions, duplicative work, tests and procedures. "This collaboration will improve efficiency and en- hance patient care and allow providers to make more informed decisions because of a (timelier) and broader view of our patients' health and medication informa- tion. What used to take days or weeks to receive pa- tient information from another health system will now Health & Wellness BY LAUREL HYATT be nearly instantaneous," said Craig Richardville, chief information and analytics officer for Carolinas HealthCare System. Providers are able to gain access to a patient's history from all participating community providers in an HIE. Electronic Health Record sharing between Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health includes approxi- mately 9 million unique patient records. "Our partnership is transforming care for our patients and our providers by securely exchanging patients' medical information among providers in and outside of our health- care system…," said Dr. AJ Patefield, Novant Health chief medical information officer. Though Novant Health was officially formed in 1997 by the merger of Carolina Medicorp of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Presbyterian Health Services of Charlotte, North Carolina, its roots go back to the late 1800s. They have always sought to grow and reach out to new com- munities through their medical centers. No matter where you relocate in the region, Novant Health is close by. >> technologically advanced, patient centric

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