Santa Cruz Health Information Organization (SCHIO) Chooses Verato to Expand Services and Improve Patient Data

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verato, the experts in identity for healthcare, today announces its engagement with the Santa Cruz Health Information Organization (SCHIO), which will enable the exchange of health information (HIE) to create a stronger foundation of patient data using Verato® Universal Identity Platform. As SCHIO migrates to a health data utility and becomes more rooted in the Santa Cruz community through its Community Information Exchange (CIE), Together We Care, the alliance will enable SCHIO to provide more data accurate and more reliable to better serve Santa Cruz residents as a single, trusted source for patient identity management.

Established in 1996, SCHIO is one of the nation’s oldest and most advanced health information exchanges, connecting more than 100 healthcare organizations across the region, including primary care and specialist groups , hospitals, clinics, mental health and addictions providers, and more. . As the organization continued to expand its services to more effectively serve the Santa Cruz community, it sought a master patient index solution that would not only help provide organizations and patients with more accurate data, improve the interoperability and data sharing across the healthcare ecosystem and would enable sharing of information on social determinants of health (SDH).

“Our mission has always been centered around serving our community, and our organization has truly embraced expanding into a health data utility. You can’t do that without a single source for identity management. within the community,” said Dan Chavez, Executive Director of SCHIO. “Verato will be essential for us to make this happen. I have known Verato for a long time, and because of their work with other large healthcare organizations in California, we knew they were the best choice for our team as we work to streamline data sharing and improve interoperability, and we’re excited to employ Verato to make that happen at SCHIO.

Along with creating a master patient index for Santa Cruz patients, Verato’s technology solutions will allow SCHIO to integrate crucial SDOH data into the patient record. This information includes data on housing and homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders, food insecurity, and transportation. This more robust patient record will not only improve care in organizations in the Santa Cruz area, but will also generate more accurate data that can be easily shared with patients and healthcare organizations, to further improve the interoperability.

“SCHIO is a special organization, and they have fostered an incredible relationship of trust within their community. They understand that this relationship of trust is built on accuracy and consistency, especially when it comes to patient data,” said Clay Ritchey, CEO of Verato. “We are excited to further expand our footprint in California to help SCHIO and its community continue to move towards better healthcare and true interoperability. Creating a more robust and accurate patient record is truly an integral part of their expansion and a major step towards the future of connected care that we are happy to be a part of.

Verato is currently working to improve patient data and records for nearly 20 HIE customers, including SCHIO. Learn more about Verato’s work with HIEs at the upcoming CIVITAS 2022 Annual Conference (August 21-24, 2022), by stopping by Verato’s booth (#27) or by visiting

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