Meet Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), dedicated to helping link health communities throughout the Greater San Antonio region.
While Texans may argue that their hometown has the best music scene, BBQ joints or Tex-Mex restaurants, there is one thing most Texans seem to agree on — their favorite Texas city to visit is San Antonio.
And many San Antonio visitors seem to stay — permanently. During the period from 2000 to 2010, San Antonio’s population grew the fastest among the top ten largest US cities. Today San Antonio has a population just over 1.4 million (making it the second largest Texas city after Houston), with nearly 2.3 million living in the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area.
The region’s growth is just one of the challenges facing the area’s healthcare information organization known as HASA, or more formally: Healthcare Access San Antonio.
Texas Counties Served by HASA
Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, DeWitt, Edwards, Frio, Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Gonzales, Hays, Medina, Mason, Menard, Karnes, Kinney, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson
Yet, despite the estimated large patient population (around 2 million potential patients), HASA has already connected 1,348,381 as of the start of 2015. Since its inception, HASA has recorded 3,789,082 individual patient encounters.
By any measure, these statistics are very solid. So why has HASA met with such success in San Antonio? You can thank San Antonio’s unique mix of big city stature with its small town, cooperative attitude.
Cooperation among HASA participants extends from the smaller healthcare providers, like Mid-Texas Family Medicine in Fredericksburg and rural hospitals like Uvalde Memorial Hospital to large institutions in downtown San Antonio, to the military (a representative of the San Antonio Military Hospital is on the HASA board), the YMCA and the HEB Pharmacy. HASA is also working with Methodist Healthcare System on programs to improve utilization — as well as introducing a ‘Single Sign On’ solution to increase staff efficiency.
Working together has produced impressive results. For example, HASA developed a Community Patient Portal, called the “Go Account”, that allows healthcare patients to log in and get an aggregated over view of their health information from across the community.
This work has not gone unnoticed. Last year the San Antonio Business Journal awarded HASA their Health Care Hero award as a Community Impact Organization.
HASA also leads the way in technical excellence. They are the first healthcare information organization in Texas to be EHNAC certified and they have completed a direct connection to the state-wide HIETexas system.
To learn more about Healthcare Access San Antonio, visit the HASA Website.