HIE Rundown – 2-28-20

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.


HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS20
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ET
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:30 am – 6:00 pm ET
Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:30 am – 4:00 pm ET
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Breaking Barriers to Interoperable Healthcare
Held at HIMSS conferences at locations across the globe, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases are unique events where healthcare stakeholders come together to demonstrate the benefits of using standards-based interoperable health IT solutions for effective and secure health data information exchange.

Today’s healthcare providers have many important and competing needs and goals. Whether the end goal is to be on a path of continuous improvement, to realize improved patient safety and outcomes, or meeting regional government mandates, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases serve the healthcare community by promoting uptake of standards-based solutions that improve the potential for health information exchange between systems, providers, and organizations in order to optimize clinical care.

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Products to See at HIMSS20

Booth #5389
RosettaHealth (@rosettahealth), an innovative and secure, big health data interoperability platform, announced the launch of its new HealthBus Worklflows solution, which will be showcased at HIMSS20. The HealthBus Workflows solution enables the crafting and deploying of client-specific health data exchange workflows to scenarios in days using a collection of pre-built components that quickly configure to any workflow. Much like building a Lego house from blocks, no coding or scripting in programming languages is involved.

Booth #5578
PointClickCare (@PointClickCare) will be showcasing integrated care coordination, interoperability and how to break down the silos that exist between acute and post-acute care, and particularly how those silos affect the patient journey and positive outcomes.

Booth #7951
At HIMSS20, RamSoft (@Ramsoft) will demonstrate its cloud-based solutions that can help the healthcare industry achieve connected care while maintaining patient data-security. They will champion the cause of empowering patients and their caregivers with easier access to their imaging studies. In alignment with ONC’s proposed interoperability rules, RamSoft embraces both EMR integration and open access to imaging data for improved healthcare outcomes.

News and Noted

Reminder: Register and Attest to the 2019 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program
The deadline to submit 2019 data for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (@CMSGov) Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program using the QualityNet system is March 2, 2020.

Orion Health Executives Selected to Lead Two Presentations at HIMSS20 on Health Information Exchanges and Machine Learning
Orion Health (@OrionHealth), a provider of population health management solutions, announced that its Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Chris Hobson, and Research Director, Dr. Kevin Ross, were selected to present two sessions at the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition. The company will also be hosting a focus group examining health information exchanges (HIEs) and care coordination, participating in an AsiaPac workshop and presenting in the AWS booth. HIMSS20 brings together nearly 45,000 health information and technology professionals, clinicians, executives and market suppliers from around the world.

New Survey Addresses the State of Patient Matching in the U.S.
Correctly and consistently linking patient data across the care continuum remains a significant challenge for U.S. hospitals and health information exchanges (HIEs), according to a new report from eHealth Initiative Foundation (@eHealthDC) and NextGate (@NextGate). The findings are based on a national survey of healthcare provider and HIE leaders to help capture a candid and comprehensive picture of the current patient matching landscape.

Community Hospitals Judging the Replacement Value of Integrated Cloud EHR Investments, 2020 Black Book Survey
Nearly 6 in 10 surveyed hospitals under 150 beds confirm they are doubting their current health information technologies really deliver business value, while more than a quarter of them are actively assessing cloud-based replacement systems, according to the latest Black Book (@blackbookpolls) Q1 2020 user survey.

To Read

Understanding the Difference Between Telemedicine Integration and Interoperability – By Luke Kistler – If you’ve been around the telehealth world, you may have experienced a bait and switch when it comes to integration promises. Often vendors will assure you they can integrate with your EHR and workflows. It sounds so efficient; you envision clinical data and PHI flowing between different facilities and systems. Then the telemedicine solution is deployed and you discover the vendor’s version of integration is limited to their video platform, allowing you to launch a video consult from your EHR. The data exchange you expected – and need – isn’t an option.

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 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.

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.


4 Emerging Trends in Patient Identification

The issue of inadequate patient matching and duplicate records has grown increasingly complex as more data is generated and more applications are introduced into the healthcare environment. As data sharing matures and the industry pivots toward value, an enterprise view of patient information is essential for informed clinical-decision making, effective episodic care, and a seamless patient-provider experience during every encounter.

Download this eBook by NextGate to see how developing technologies are shaping patient matching efforts today and into the future.

eHealth Initiative Resource Center
Interoperability Files – Check out the new white paper resource in the eHealth Initiative’s (@eHealthDC) Resource Center: The State of Patient Matching in America Survey

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.