HIE Rundown – 4-14-20

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.




The Interoperability & HIE Community Spring Roundtable will highlight two HIEs in their efforts to improve outcomes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – Join the HIMSS (@HIMSS) Interoperability & HIE Community as they examine how efficient integration and use of health information exchange (HIE) services has the potential to improve care quality, make care more efficient, and streamline administrative tasks. Their presenters will speak to these outcomes as it relates to the evolving and critical role of HIEs in the health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join them on April 29.

WEDI 2020 Has Gone Virtual
When: May 4, 6 and 7, 2020 (No sessions on May 5)
Register for this event.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, their annual conference will now be a virtual event. As a registered attendee, you will be able to watch valuable healthcare technology presentation by speakers across the country and interact through live Q&A sessions from wherever you are. IN ADDITION, you receive recordings of the sessions free of charge.

WEDI (@WEDIonline) 2020 Virtual will feature 9 sessions over 3 days and promises to offer healthcare professionals the latest information to aid them in resolving current data exchange-related roadblocks and pushing the industry towards administrative automation.

News and Noted

Audacious Inquiry Launches the SANER Project to Modernize Data-Sharing for COVID-19 Response through HL7® FHIR®
Audacious Inquiry (@A_INQ), a connected health information technology solutions company, has launched The SANER Project, an open-source effort to streamline and accelerate real-time transmission of de-identified data among health care facilities, critical infrastructure, and governmental response authorities during public health emergencies and disasters.

A Critical Part of America’s National Public Health Infrastructure
The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), the national collaborative of 80+ non-profit and government health information exchanges (HIEs), is demonstrating the value of HIEs as a critical part of America’s national public health infrastructure in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

EHNAC Announces Launch of Privacy and Security Toolkit
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 the addition of new Privacy and Security Toolkit. The new offering provides stakeholders with detailed analysis and reports to measure, track and demonstrate an organization’s compliance across mandated privacy and security regulations.

J2 Global Offers Free Patient Record Query Through Consensus Interoperability Platform During COVID-19 Crisis
J2 Global, Inc. (@j2global), an Internet and information services company, announced that it will offer healthcare providers free access to on-demand patient record query during the COVID-19 crisis through its recently introduced Consensus (@ConsensusCare) healthcare interoperability platform. On-demand record query is a valuable tool within Consensus that enables healthcare providers to access patient records needed for treatment through Carequality.

Andor Health Customers are Already Prepared for Full Compliance With Key Provisions in Federal Interoperability and Health Data Exchange Rules
Thanks to Andor Health’s (@andor_health) ThinkAndor™ mobile collaboration platform, two major Florida health systems are prepared to comply with new Conditions of Participation (CoP) provisions within the interoperability rules issued in March by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), thereby protecting their Medicare eligibility.

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: CMS & SHIEC – Health Information Exchange Organization Impact + SHIEC Annual 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.