HIE Rundown – 11-18-13

HIE Weekly RundownHealth Information Exchange News & Announcements

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.

Nevada Health Information Exchange Selects Orion Health HIE to
Enhance Care Coordination Across the State

Orion Health, a leader in eHealth technology, the Nevada Health Information Exchange (NV-HIE) and Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announced that the NV-HIE Board of Directors selected the Orion Health HIE to power and enable a statewide electronic health information exchange. Orion Health HIE was selected to provide the technology that will support NV-HIE services and programs that advance trusted information exchange for the coordination and continuity of health care for all Nevadans – anywhere, anytime.  Read press release.

 Sacramento Summit Focuses on Role of Health Information Exchange in Transforming California’s Healthcare Environment

California health information leaders gather in Sacramento on November 15 to discuss the future of health information exchange (HIE) as federal funding for HIE stimulation expires in February 2014.

“This Summit focuses on keeping the momentum going,” said Pamela Lane, Deputy Secretary Health Information Exchange, California Health and Human Services Agency. “Publicly funded, privately driven HIE efforts over the past several years have helped pave the way for significant HIE expansion in California.”  Read press release.

NextGen Healthcare Unveils New Interoperability Platform – NextGen Share –at 18th Annual NextGen Healthcare User Group Meeting

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced the unveiling of NextGen® Share, a new interoperability platform. NextGen Share will enable providers to safely, securely, accurately and quickly exchange clinical data and provide referrals without leaving their Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. It will offer providers a critical tool for delivering accountable, coordinated care, managing population health and making evidence-based clinical decisions; all important elements of healthcare reform initiatives. NextGen Share is the first joint solution from NextGen Healthcare and Mirth since Quality Systems, Inc., the parent company of NextGen Healthcare, acquired Mirth Corporation in September of this year.  Read press release.

IOD Incorporated agrees to work with the Social Security Administration using the Michigan Health Information Network Gateway via Nationwide eHealth Exchange operated by HealtheWay

Leading health information management company IOD Incorporated and the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) announced a plan under which MiHIN will electronically receive requests and submit medical records to the Social Security Administration (SSA) through MiHIN’s state-of-the-art CONNECT 4.2 uplink via the national eHealth Exchange operated by HealtheWay.  Read press release.

Hospitals join shared electronic medical records database

MySanAntonio.com from Express-News is reporting five major hospital systems in San Antonio began entering patients’ medical records into a universal electronic database this week that will allow doctors to share the information.

Those participating in Healthcare Access San Antonio’s health information exchange include Baptist Health System, Christus Santa Rosa Health System, Nix Health, Methodist Healthcare and University Health System. The institutions are expected to enter more than 600,000 patients’ medical records into the secure system.

Yakima Valley Physicians Vote Overwhelmingly for HealthUnity HIE and Analytics Solution

Physician members of the Yakima Valley based Signal Health integrated network chose HealthUnity’s complete solution for health information exchange (HIE), analytics and personal health records when presented with a two-vendor “bake-off.”

Signal Health is a private, financially sustainable community-wide network of healthcare providers aligned with Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. The network’s selection process narrowed choices for the HIE solution from ten vendors to two, and then gave member providers the chance to vote on their preferred system.  Read press release.