The two hospital leaders said the affiliation allows them to improve best practices, introduce new technology, improve access to primary and secondary care, and increase efficiencies and lower costs through IT sharing and volume purchasing.
“What does this mean for the patient? It means they have easier access to stronger hospitals and a continuum of care – from primary care, to specialty care, to hospital services, to rehabilitation and long-term care, to home care,” Joseph said. “As a healthcare system, we want to be the patient’s partner for a lifetime of care and the community’s partner in providing services for the health and well-being of community members.”
The affiliation also will improve patient access to critical and complex care, including Hartford Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center, LIFE STAR transport services, and transplant services. The two hospitals plan to create a unified electronic medical records system, which will enable doctors’ offices throughout Hartford HealthCare to communicate directly with one another.