HIE Rundown 11-24-14

HIE Weekly Rundown
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.

Novant Health Improves Patient Safety, Ease of Access Through Electronic Health Record Interoperability
Novant Health (@NovantHealth) became the first healthcare system in North Carolina to join the federal-level Health Information Exchange (HIE), eHealth Exchange managed by HealtheWay. Patient care coordination is simplified through the HIE by allowing providers across the country secure and instant access to Novant Health patient records.

Minnesotans to Gain More Access to Healthcare Information
RelayHealth (@RelayHealth) Clinical Connectivity announced that it has been certified to operate as a Health Data Intermediary in the state of Minnesota. In this role, RelayHealth will support Minnesota’s 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate, a law created to promote the use of electronic health information systems, which can play a significant role in transforming healthcare systems and creating healthier communities.

Two Regional Health Information Organizations To Merge, Improving Healthcare Across Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Southern Tier
In a step toward unified exchange of health information in New York State, Southern Tier Healthlink (STHL) and Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) announced their plans to merge into a single Qualified Entity (formerly known as a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)) called HealthlinkNY. This new collaborative will span 11 counties across the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Southern Tier, offering secure electronic access to statewide health information for both participating providers and patients in the region as well as information and tools to aid in health transformation.

Georgia Health Connect Launches as Regional Health Information Exchange
Georgia Health Connect (GaHC), a health information network providing integrative technology and clinical support to smaller practices, hospitals and health systems throughout the state of Georgia, announced its launch. The regional health information exchange was founded by the Georgia Regional Health Information Extension Center (GA-HITEC) with technology powered by Liaison Technologies.

ProHealth Care Joining Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue Priority Network
ProHealth Care (@prohealthcare) will join Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s (@HealthJoinIn) Blue Priority network on Dec. 1, 2014, making all of ProHealth’s professionals, services and facilities available to network members. Blue Priority is Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s high-value network in Wisconsin. It’s the network used by all Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Individual health plans sold through the state’s federally-facilitated health insurance exchange, and it is available to employers through fully-insured and self-funded health benefits arrangements.