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Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing Joins Vermont’s Health Information Network

Second long term care facility in the state to participate in a network managed by Vermont Information Technology Leaders

BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) today announced Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing located in Middlebury is Vermont’s second long term care facility to connect to the state’s health information network. Through a VITL interface, Helen Porter staff is now able to receive lab results, radiology reports and transcribed reports soon after the data has been generated from Porter Medical Center to provide more effective and timely treatment.

“In addition to connecting physician practices and hospitals to Vermont’s information network, long term care facilities are also an important component,” said John Evans, president, and CEO of VITL. “As residents transfer from one health care setting to another and are treated by various physicians, their most current clinical information is available in one location, which aids in the coordination of care through more efficient treatment and elimination of unnecessary tests or hospitalization.”

Having this clinical information available right in near real time enables treatment to be given more rapidly at Helen Porter, possibly reducing unnecessary admissions to the hospital. In the near future, doctors and other treating medical staff, such as specialists, will be able to electronically and securely access clinical data from Helen Porter through Vermont’s health information network. 

“We at Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing are proud to be among the first long-term care facilities in the State of Vermont to connect to the VITL network and continue our ongoing efforts to integrate clinical technology with highly compassionate care”, said HPHRC administrator Neil Gruber.

About VITL: Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers statewide with adopting and using health information technology to improve the quality of care delivery as well as to enhance patient safety and outcomes. Comprised of a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers, VITL is the designated health information exchange (HIE) for the state of Vermont and also the state’s federally-designated regional extension center. For more information, please visit