HIE Rundown – 10-26-21

Health 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.


From The Tate Chronicles, host Jim Tate talks to Timothy Bennett the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Drummond Group. For over 20 years the Drummond Group has helped clients achieve interoperability, certification, compliance, and security. Drummond is an Authorized Certification Body and an Accredited Test Lab within the Office of the National Coordinator Health IT Certification Program.

News and Noted

HL7 International and SNOMED International Continue Long-Standing Partnership With Renewed Collaboration Agreement
HL7 International (@HL7) and SNOMED International (@SnomedCT) announced that they have signed a five-year renewal of their long-standing and productive collaborative relationship. Sharing a common goal of developing and provisioning standards for the exchange of interoperable clinical and related health information, HL7 International and SNOMED International have agreed to target their collaboration to further support the implementation of SNOMED CT in HL7 artefacts, consistent with our mutual commitment to advance global health data interoperability.

Insiteflow Raises $2.3M to Accelerate Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) Workflow Interoperability
Insiteflow, Inc. – a platform for EHR workflow interoperability – announced $2.3M in financing led by Silverton Partners with participation from Congress Ave Ventures, Alumni Ventures and Service Provider Capital. The funding will accelerate the expansion of its customer base and proprietary cloud-based platform.

ZeOmega Now Certified by All Three Leading Testing Groups, First in U.S. to Achieve “Security & Interoperability Trifecta”
ZeOmega® (@ZeOmega) is the first and only population health management (PHM) organization to have successfully passed all three comprehensive data security and interoperability testing programs, known as the “Security and Interoperability Trifecta.” By passing all three testing programs, ZeOmega and its interoperability platform, HealthUnity®, are certified as meeting and exceeding the highest industry-defined requirements for data exchange and information security.

Idaho Health Data Exchange Announces Partnership with Enrollment Management Company, PointCare
Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) (@idahohde), Idaho’s statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), announced a new partnership with PointCare (@point_care) to help its participants manage the entire enrollment process from end-to-end. The partnership will enable IHDE to expand its services, providing a solution to deliver greater access to coverage while breaking down barriers to achieving quality healthcare.

Health Gorilla Announces Their Intention to Become a Qualified Health Information Network
Health Gorilla (@healthgorilla), an aggregator of health data in the United States, announced their intention to become one of the first designated Qualified Health Information Networks under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. Health Gorilla has built a flexible interoperability platform, executing the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, providing connections between healthcare providers, health plans, public health agencies, and individuals. Once designated by The Sequoia Project, the Recognized Coordinating Entity for TEFCA, Health Gorilla will operate as a QHIN in a “network of networks” structure, connecting with other QHINs to facilitate national exchanges of data between QHINs, Participants, and Sub-participants.

OncoSpark And ELLKAY Announce New Partnership To Use Interoperability To Solve Prior Authorization Challenges In Oncology
OncoSpark, Inc. (@Oncospark) a value-based care company driven by data from technology enabled services, and ELLKAY, LLC (@TeamELLKAY), a healthcare interoperability company for over 19 years, have joined forces to solve the challenge of prior authorization in the oncology space. OncoSpark’s platform, AuthParency, is the only solution dedicated to accomplishing this. The platform was built with a tailored approach to interoperability through ELLKAY.

Rochester RHIO Streamlines Direct Secure Messaging with Secure Exchange Solutions
Secure Exchange Solutions (SES) (@Secure_Exchange), a platform provider of cloud-based secure clinical data exchange software,  announced a partnership with Rochester RHIO (@RochesterRHIO) to offer best-in-class Direct Secure Messaging services to support the needs of Rochester RHIO’s expanding community of healthcare organizations and providers. Rochester RHIO’s health information exchange (HIE) serves over 1.5 million residents across 14 counties, enabling better healthcare by providing physician and patient access to relevant real-time health information including lab results, radiology reports, images, clinical documents, hospital admission/discharge summaries via a clinical repository of over 142 million clinical documents.

EHNAC Releases New 2022 Accreditation Criteria Versions for Public Review through November 29
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (@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 for its 20 accreditation programs for public review. The open process for adopting criteria will commence on September 27, 2021 and end on November 29, 2021.


HIMSS New England – Annual HIE Conference 10/27/21



To Read


Patient ID Now (@PatientidN) is a coalition of healthcare organizations representing a wide range of healthcare stakeholders committed to advancing through legislation and regulations a nationwide strategy to address patient identification. Read more about the coalition.

US Senate Removes Ban in Federal Budget that has Stifled Progress on a National Patient Identification Strategy for Two Decades
Patient ID Now (@PatientidN) applauded the US Senate for removing the longstanding ban that stifles innovation around patient identification from its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill. By joining the bipartisan movement to remove barriers to accurate patient identification, the Senate has taken a firm step towards protecting patient safety, patient privacy, and supporting efforts to address patient identification issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Patient ID Now has highlighted challenges caused by patient misidentification in the healthcare sector’s response to the pandemic. These challenges include thousands of duplicate records created during the vaccination registration process and disruptions in vaccine availability at provider sites because of inaccurate patient documentation.

Civitas Networks for Health

They are a mission- and member-driven organization dedicated to using health information exchange, health data, and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health.

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.

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.


A pioneer in offering technical trust and confidence in the secure exchange of health information, DirectTrust (@DirectTrustorg) is committed to collaboration for advancing secure communication. As a non-profit trade alliance, DirectTrust operates not only as a membership organization, but also as an ANSI-accredited standards body, a trust framework supported by policy, and an accreditor for reliable and trusted exchange across the DirectTrust network. Read their News and Events.


Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (HL7) (@HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7 is supported by more than 1,600 members from over 50 countries, including 500+ corporate members representing healthcare providers, government stakeholders, payers, pharmaceutical companies, vendors/suppliers, and consulting firms. Read their news feed.

Interoperability Institute

The Interoperability Institute (IOI) (@TheInteropInst) is designed to provide the products, services, leadership, and workforce to bring advanced interoperability solutions to the Health IT market. For stakeholders invested in health and social outcomes, this means less fragmented, more resource efficient ecosystems that seamlessly share electronic information for public benefit. For consumers, this means greater continuity of care across providers, health systems, and geographies among a myriad of other benefits that stretch beyond healthcare. Read their news feed.


Case Study: NEHII Rises to the Challenge of COVID-19 with Cloud-Based Analytics and Robust Patient Matching Tools
The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII) is a leading non-profit health information exchange (HIE) serving more than 4 million residents across 300 participating health care providers, payers and the State of Nebraska. NEHII partnered with NextGate to accurately match and connect critical public health information across the state of Nebraska to support trusted data exchange and case reporting for COVID-19 using an Enterprise Master Patient Index on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Download this eBook by NextGate (@NextGate) to read the case study.

Consensus: The Chase for Interoperability
In its continued campaign to bring about data interoperability across the healthcare industry by 2024, the HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly released a set of new rules in 2019 to further promote the seamless exchange of protected health information (PHI). Despite increasing attempts to facilitate interoperability through regulations, the challenges lie elsewhere in creating seamless data exchange among a patient’s physician, hospital, labs, pharmacy, and others along the continuum of care.

Download this paper by eFax Corporate (@eFaxCorporate) to learn more about the fastest, most cost-effective way for your organization to access and share patient data through one interoperable platform.

eHealth Initiative Resource Center
Interoperability Files – Check out the new white paper resource in the eHealth Initiative’s (@eHealthDC) Resource Center: Case Study: Remote Patient Monitoring

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.