HIE Rundown – 5-03-19

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.


News and Noted

Velatura supported FHIR® workshop at Medication Reconciliation Hackathon 2019
During the 2019 Medication Reconciliation Hackathon Conference, led by UConn School of Medicine, Velatura, a subsidiary of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, presented Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources®(FHIR) solutions for improving clinical care and reducing medication errors. UConn Health engaged Velatura to facilitate a Medication Reconciliation workshop as the state looks to improve upon medication errors due to missing medications, giving/taking the wrong medication, duplication of medication or taking the wrong dosage.

Imprivata Introduces IAM Cloud Platform for Healthcare Supported by Microsoft
Imprivata® (@Imprivata), the healthcare IT security company, announced that it will unlock the power of the cloud for clinical users by creating the first end-to-end Identity and Access Management (IAM) Cloud Platform for healthcare in collaboration with Microsoft. The Platform, anchored by Imprivata’s leading solution portfolio and commitment to building trusted digital identities, and the world-class scale and security of Microsoft’s cloud identity platform, Azure Active Directory, will address the unique challenges that healthcare customers face along the digital transformation journey.

Healthcare Payments Innovator MAPay Tackles Inefficiencies in Global Healthcare Transactions
MAPay, LLC, a global healthcare technology firm, has deployed a transformational healthcare payment network with an expanding customer base, positive patenting positions, increasing revenues, and multiple industry stakeholder acceptance. The company utilizes distributed ledger technology to power smart contracts to transact secure medical solutions on the MAPay network. MAPay utilizes a hybrid architecture of both centralized and decentralized protocols for multi-party medical payments and HIPAA-compliant data exchange.

Velatura Unveils New Collaborative, Data Visualization Product to Increase Healthcare Interoperability
During the 2019 HIMSS Global Conference, Velatura, a subsidiary of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (@MiHIN), unveiled a new product focusing on a collaborative, data visualization environment to increase interoperability within healthcare. Interoperability Land™, a simulated healthcare environment hosted in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, is designed to power the future of multi-organization development, integration, acceptance and testing of innovative technologies.

ONC Announces Second Draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) and Supporting Documents
ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) released a second draft of the TEFCA last week to support the full, network-to-network exchange of health information nationally. Three TEFCA documents are available for public comment until June 17, 2019. Review and Comment on the TEFCA.

21st Century Cures Act Proposed Rule: Comment Period Extended to June 3, 2019
The public comment period for the ONC 21st Century Cures Act proposed rule has been extended an additional 30 days. Comments are due June 3, 2019. Comment on the Proposed Rule.

ONC Wants your Feedback on New Test Procedures: The draft test procedures that were developed to accompany the proposed certification criteria in the proposed rule are now available and we want to hear your feedback. Extended review period: please review by June 3, 2019. Send us your Feedback on the Draft Test Procedures.

OCR HIPAA Right of Access FAQs: The HHS Office for Civil Rights released FAQs about the HIPAA right of access as it relates to apps designated by individual patients and application programming interfaces used by a healthcare provider’s electronic health record system. Read the OCR Patient Right of Access FAQs.

HIE and Standards Organizations

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.

To Read

Laying the Track for National Interoperability – by Brian Mack – Four feet, eight and a half inches …This seemingly random measurement played a critical role in accomplishing what is still considered one of the greatest technological marvels of the 19th Century, the Transcontinental Railroad. Four feet, eight and a half inches is the width between the rails for all railroad tracks in North America. Were it not for the national adoption of the Standard Gauge, the Transcontinental Railroad would not have been possible.



eHealth Initiative Resource Center
Interoperability Files – Check out the new white paper resource in the eHealth Initiative’s (@eHealthDC) Resource Center: Implementation of Behavioural and Medical Health Management Applications: Reducing High Intensity Medicaid Services Utilization for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness.

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.