TriStar Health EMS May 17, 2017

Partners can share health information using secure technology to improve patient care

Nashville, TN — TriStar Health has implemented the first health data exchange (HDE) program with EMS providers in Middle Tennessee.

The program allows TriStar hospitals and EMS providers to electronically share relevant health information using simple, secure technology. This collaboration enhances care coordination among first responders and hospital-based care teams to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.

EMS agencies currently participating include Dickson, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties. All TriStar Health hospitals and emergency rooms are on the HDE.

“We are proud to implement this Health Data Exchange program as part of our commitment to provide excellent patient care in the communities we serve,” said Hunter Earnest, director of EMS and trauma services, TriStar Health. “This innovative solution makes it easier for all healthcare team members to be closely aligned throughout the continuum of care.”

TriStar ER staff are happy to demonstrate the new HDE technology or help you locate the scanner in their ER.

EMS providers participating in the program gain access to relevant clinical outcomes data on every patient they transport into a TriStar facility. Additionally, EMS quality improvement teams can easily access, compile and analyze their clinical outcomes data to determine the effectiveness of their internal processes and clinical protocols to treat patients in the field and on the way to the hospital.

This is significant, Earnest said, because first responders and TriStar Health team members work together throughout the year to improve life-saving care for patients with serious conditions including chest pain, stroke and traumatic injuries.

“Previously, patient health and outcome information could only be requested through a manual process,” said Earnest. “The HDE program creates more regular and timely opportunities to review information that may help improve processes, identify opportunities to enhance patient care, and improve efficiency between TriStar facilities and first responder partners.”

TriStar Health, an HCA affiliate, supports nearly 453,000 emergency room visits each year. For more information about TriStar Health emergency and trauma services, visit