Scripps Health and Sharp Healthcare are joining San Diego Health Connect, a substantial boost for the region’s health information exchange that soon will give clinicians access to medical data covering 2.7 million county residents.

San Diego Health Connect, funded with $15.3 million in federal dollars in April 2010, started as San Diego Beacon Community, one of 17 such communities across the nation charged with accelerating use of health information technologies.

The network already included 19 other hospital organizations in the county, including Kaiser Permanente, UC San Diego Health System and Rady Children’s Hospital.

Now added to that network is Scripps Health, which has four hospitals, 19 outpatient facilities and 2,600 affiliated physicians. Sharp Healthcare includes four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan.

Scripps and Sharp expect to be live on San Diego Health Connect this summer.