HIE Rundown 10-27-17

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.

Alpha II Achieves EHNAC Re-Accreditation with HNAP-EHN and DRAP Programs
Alpha II, LLC (@Alpha_II), a leading developer of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that support healthcare reimbursement, announced it has achieved re-accreditation with both the Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP) as well as the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks (HNAP-EHN) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).

Clinerion Adds FHIR Data Model to its Set of Standard Electronic Medical Record Formats
Clinerion (@Clinerion) announces that data integration to its Patient Recruitment System platform can now also process electronic medical records made available by hospitals using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard. Hospitals using FHIR may now directly exchange data with Patient Recruitment System without the need for additional implementation effort.

Personal Connected Health Alliance Welcomes Ten New Members
The Personal Connected Health Alliance (@PCHAllianceannounced that ten new companies have become members of the Alliance. Medtronic plc and Verizon have joined at the Strategic Level and will appoint representatives to the PCHAlliance Advisory Council. Verizon currently holds a seat on the Board of Managers.

ONC Health IT Certification Program Approves the HIMSS-IIP Testing Method
ONC is announcing that the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has successfully demonstrated that its testing method, as part of the Immunization Integration Program (HIMSS-IIP), can serve as an alternative to the current National Coordinator-approved method for testing transmissions to immunization registries. Read the Health IT Buzz blog post.

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.

GE Healthcare Receives Carequality Certification, Advancing Data Exchange with Cloud Technology
GE Healthcare (@GEHealthcare) announced that it has received Carequality certification to enable seamless data sharing by its ambulatory EHR customers with thousands of hospitals, physician practices, payer networks, vendors and consumer services nationally. Already a KLAS top performer for interoperability impact on patient care1, GE Healthcare built upon its existing expertise in providing digital tools to improve care coordination with its certification.

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: CommonWell welcomes 7 new General Members, among them AdvancedMD. See who the other new members are.

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.

  • Western New York HIE Reaches 1 Million Patient Consents
  • The CEO of Indiana’s Statewide HIE Sees Complexity in the Push for Interoperability
  • Major challenges remain for health IT interoperability

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: Provider Perspectives on Patient Information: Results of 2017 Survey.