L.A. Area Adventist Hospitals Aim to Help Underserved Population With New Partnership
July 3, 2017: A partnership with a nonprofit group is set to allow two Adventist hospitals in Los Angeles County to better treat members of the low-income, underserved population.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center are joining forces with the Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services, or LANES.
The two-year contract between LANES and the Adventist Health hospitals will allow for improved access to electronic medical records for uninsured patients or low-income individuals insured by Medi-Cal.
LANES allows participating hospitals to access a network containing county-wide electronic medical records on these patients that would not otherwise have been available to individual hospitals.
Patients must give their consent in order for their information to be shared.
According to the Glendale News-Press, a hospital treating a patient for the first time can use LANES to learn more about the person’s treatment history.
“It’s about making information available more broadly so that it can be used at the point of care to provide better, faster and less duplicative care,” said Sharon Correa, chief information officer at Adventist Health.
Correa stressed that Adventist Health was especially focused on the benefit of LANES to White Memorial, located in east Los Angeles.
Much of the hospital’s patient population lives in poverty or experiences homelessness.