HIE Rundown – 10-27-20

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.


On Voices in Value-based Care, host Matt Fusan talks with Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at Lyniate about interoperability and the 21st Century Cures Act.

News and Noted

EHNAC and UDAP.org Announce Launch of Trusted Dynamic Registration & Authentication Accreditation Program
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 a collaboration with UDAP.org on the launch of the new Trusted Dynamic Registration & Authentication Accreditation Program (TDRAAP). Supporting interoperability requirements within the ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule and related CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule, TDRAAP is designed to help healthcare organizations and application developers demonstrate their ability to use trusted digital certificates for endpoint identity, registration, authentication and attribute discovery for electronic healthcare transactions in real-time.

ScriptSender and Konica Minolta Healthcare Partner to Streamline Radiology Workflows
ScriptSender (@ScriptSender) announced that it is partnering with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. (@KonicaMinoltaUS) to create a faster and stronger communication pathway between radiology practices and referring physicians. ScriptSender enables secure, one-click communications between healthcare providers. Using ScriptSender technology, any document from any application and any medical group can be sent to an imaging practice with a single click. Imaging centers can also send any document directly into the referrer’s system. No downloads, installations, or interface building is required.

eHealth Exchange Health Information Network Welcomes HIE Networks, First Vendor Participant
The eHealth Exchange (@eHealthExchange), one of the nation’s largest health information networks, announced its newest network participant, HIE Networks, a healthcare technology and communications company providing health information exchange (HIE) services. HIE Networks is the first vendor participant for the eHealth Exchange, which traditionally connects hospitals, medical groups, pharmacies, dialysis centers, and other sites of care with each other and with federal government agencies.

To Read

A Strong Start: Enhancing Newborn Screening for Precision Public Health – By Stephanie Garcia, David Jones, Nicole Rulz-Schultz, Amy Gaviglio and Carla Cuthbert, ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) – As the capability to sequence an individual’s genome or exome continues to expand—and the cost continues to fall—more states are considering how next generation sequencing (NGS) could support their newborn screening programs, which test approximately four million babies born in the United States each year for congenital, treatable diseases.




Patient ID Now 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.

  • Patient Matching: An Essential Tool in the Era of COVID-19
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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ensuring patients are accurately matched to their medical records, yet the problem of patient misidentification persists, endangering patient safety, and the public health response. Listen to the newly formed Patient ID Now Coalition during a virtual hill briefing with health leaders on July 7. They dive into the implications of patient matching and identification during the pandemic.

Patient ID Now Coalition Pleased Congress is Addressing Patient Misidentification
Patient ID Now, a coalition of leading healthcare organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Intermountain Healthcare and Premier Healthcare Alliance, is pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove the longstanding ban in its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that stifles innovation around patient identification.

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.

SHIEC Board announces appointment of Lisa Bari as Interim CEO
The Board of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) has announced the appointment of Lisa Bari as Interim CEO for SHIEC while a national search for a permanent CEO is conducted. Kelly Hoover Thompson is no longer with the organization.

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.

As Compliance Deadline Nears, The Sequoia Project Announces Anti-Information Blocking Support for Healthcare and Health IT Communities
The Sequoia Project, a non-profit dedicated to solving health IT interoperability for the public good, launched new resources and training for the healthcare and health IT communities preparing for the November 2, 2020 deadline to comply with U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) information blocking and interoperability rules. The program includes a 13-week Information Blocking Compliance Boot Camp and a free public resource center.

The Sequoia Project Launches Data Usability Workgroup to Improve Semantic Interoperability
The Sequoia Project, a non-profit and trusted advocate for nationwide health information exchange, announced the new Data Usability Workgroup to tackle barriers to interoperability with an open call for participation in advance of the first kick-off call on Thursday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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.

Slow COVID-19: CommonWell Member Resources & Initiatives
Since inception, CommonWell members have been innovators and game changers in the health IT space. Today is no different. In this time of uncertainty and stress to both our health system and our personal wellbeing, it is not surprising that their members once again are stepping up to the challenge to solve some of our world’s biggest challenges. Through their website, they will continue to share and update what their members are doing in the fight to slow COVID-19, provide necessary care coordination resources, and ultimately, help save lives.


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.


Why Patient Identity Management Tools are Critical for COVID-19 Care and Disease Surveillance
Is your organization struggling to achieve an integrated data environment amid COVID-19? Does fragmented patient information slow down your response efforts? Effective case management and reporting requires ongoing support and creative solutions for healthcare’s most fundamental problems—including oft-overlooked patient identity matching and health information exchange.

Download this eBook by NextGate to learn how to:

  • Bridge the infrastructure gaps that impact COVID-19 responses
  • Overcome demographic data challenges needed create a longitudinal

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 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: FHIR FAQs

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.