New system aims to fill gaps in individual health needs

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A new system from Quality Health Network, a business with an office in Grand Junction, aims to provide more information on the circumstances of patients.

It's called the Community Resource Network, and it makes sharing patient information easier between offices. Project managers say the system would be useful for healthcare providers across the Western Slope, giving them access to more info about each person they're helping.

It’s a way to integrate medical, social, and behavioral health on an individual level. It’s a digital system that allows professionals in those fields to come to one place.

For example, if a person goes to the doctor, that physician could see information on things like food insecurity, or possible housing needs.

The doctor could then connect his patient with resources to address those issues. The goal is healthier patients, and less headache for health providers.

"All of the various sectors of health can come to the table, and communicate with each other around an individual’s health. So they are getting a full person picture, of what is happening with this person. So you are helping the providers, because they are better able to do their job, understanding what is going on with this individual," said project manager, Tessa McInnis.

They say they will start a pilot program in early August, and hope to have the system fully functional in January of 2020.

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