LOMBARD, Ill. – Lexington Health Network recently won the Innovator of the Year Gold Award in the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology competition for its telehealth program. When the provider introduced its telehealth program five years ago, it used a third-party service for after-hours changes in condition management, said Paul Knight, LHN chief information officer, in a statement. The program lacked interoperability and other features, so the provider created its own system, called “LexConnect.” The program served 1,124 patients in 2016, when LHN also established the Curatess program for patients in post-acute settings. A second-generation LexConnect was also developed. “It’s creative thinking and action like this that sets high-quality operators apart—and earns recognition, including our ‘Innovator’ Gold Award,” said John O’Connor, editorial director and publisher of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, in a statement.
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