HIE Rundown 10-06-17

network-200Health Information Exchange (HIE) is happening every minute of every day. Your personal health information is moving and being viewed to improve the quality of your healthcare and lower the costs. The job will not be complete until all health records are digital and interoperable. Here’s what’s happening to make that reality.

eClinicalWorks Announces Availability of Self-Activation for CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality Interoperability
eClinicalWorks® (@eClinicalWorks) announces customers can seamlessly integrate with both CommonWell Health Alliance® and Carequality Interoperability Framework with a self-service option in the latest V10-SP2 release. More than 400 health systems have connected already, presenting a tremendous opportunity for organizations to connect to acute-care sites across the nation.

HemCare Health Services Unveils Plans to Develop Innovative Global Blockchain Solution for Electronic Health Records Management
HemCare Health Services Inc. is pleased to announce its program for the development of a new blockchain based EHR system for the secure storage and sharing of electronic health records. The HHS system plans to solve many of the shortcomings of current EHR systems.

WellCare of Nebraska Receives NeHII Contract to Offer a Secure Data Exchange of Health Information
WellCare of Nebraska, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (@WellCare_Health), has been awarded a data sharing contract with Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) that will allow for a secure data exchange of health information to help members receive quality and timely care.

EHNAC Releases New 2018 Accreditation Criteria Versions for Public Review through Dec. 8
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) (@EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced that it has posted new versions of program criteria of its 18 accreditation programs for public review. The open process for adopting criteria will commence on Oct. 3, 2017 and end on Dec. 8, 2017.

Healthcare Blockchain Interest Heats Up, Per Survey Conducted by Black Book
Black Book™ (@blackbookpolls) conducted a Q3 survey of 88 healthcare payers and 276 provider technology executives, managers and IT specialists to deliver a better comprehension of current and planned enterprise deployment of blockchain solutions. The survey also pursed to measure the level of organizational investment in healthcare blockchain technology and ascertain which companies are considered as having the strongest healthcare industry expertise and credentials.

News from the Sequoia Project
The Sequoia Project (@SequoiaProject) was chartered to advance the implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The ONC transitioned management of its eHealth Exchange to The Sequoia Project for maintenance. Since 2012, the Exchange has grown to become the largest health information exchange network in the country.

News from the CommonWell
CommonWell Health Alliance (@CommonWell) is devoted to the simple vision that health data should be available to individuals and providers regardless of where care occurs. Additionally, provider access to this data must be built-in health IT at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the people they serve.

New General Member Announcements: BridgeHead Software (@BridgeHeadHDM), a leader in healthcare data management –  “BridgeHead Software believes that resolving healthcare’s data interoperability challenges is key to sharing information and is excited to be involved in this broad-based initiative with other CommonWell members.”

News from the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative
SHIEC (@SHIEClive) is the National Trade Association for Health Information Exchange Organizations. It is routine for important data about patients’ ongoing care to reside in multiple unconnected organizations. SHIEC member HIEs use information technology and trusted relationships in their service areas to enable secure, authorized exchange of patient information among disparate providers. By providing enhanced access to all available and relevant patient data SHIEC HIE members aim to improve the quality, coordination, and cost-effectiveness of health care provided in their communities. Read their news feed.

  • UHIN, Utah’s Statewide HIE, Pushes the Envelope on Interoperability
  • HIEs in Arizona, San Diego and Santa Cruz Connect to Exchange Data
  • Coding Challenges: Hospital Readmissions from a Health Information Exchange Perspective

ONC Interoperability Pledge
Companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by hospitals nationwide as well as the top five largest health care systems in the country have agreed to implement three core commitments: Consumer Access, No Blocking/Ensuring Transparency, and Standards. The ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) wants vendors to sign a pledge. Is your vendor pledging? Find out who is on the list.

eHealth Initiative Resource Center
Interoperability Files – Check out the new white paper resource in the eHealth Initiative’s (@eHealthDC) Resource Center: eHI Explains Blockchain.