HIE Rundown – 5/12/14

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.

Mass. Home Healthcare Providers Honored for Using Mass HIway to Boost “Cross Continuum Collaboration”
Seven participants in the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech’s (@MassEHealth) HIway Implementation Grant program have been chosen as award recipients by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts (HCAM) for success in “Cross Continuum Collaboration.” The seven organizations were nominated for their ongoing use of innovative Health IT and the Mass HIway, the state’s health information exchange, to improve home healthcare across Massachusetts. The organizations were honored at HCAM’s “Innovations Showcase & Star Awards” ceremony, which will took place, Tuesday, April 29th, at the JFK Library in Boston.  Read press release.

NC HIE Upgrades NC DIRECT Secure Messaging Capabilities, Expanding Provider Reach
The North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) has upgraded its NC DIRECT functionality in order to enable participants to securely communicate with a larger number of healthcare providers state- and nationwide who are part of the national DirectTrust Transitional Trust Community Bundle. This national community of trusted users follow a common set of policies related to health information exchange using direct secure messaging including certificate management policies and HIPAA compliance processes.  Read press release.

Dallas Provider Gets Grant to Build Area HIE
The Parkland Health and Hospital System (@ParklandHealth), a large public health system based in Dallas, and its affiliated foundation and Center for Clinical Innovation, have accepted a $12 million grant to build a health information exchange (HIE) portal, the provider announced.  The exchange portal will aim to connect various clinical systems inside and outside the enterprise. The goal is to have data be moved between hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters, food aid organizations and other social assistance agencies, Parkland said in a press release. There will also be artificial intelligence features that was use advanced algorithms and analytics, which will interpret medical information and social risk factors for predictive purposes.  Read press release.

Final State Budget Funds New York’s Electronic Health Records System, the SHIN-NY
Earlier this month, the New York State Legislature voted to support New York’s electronic health records system—known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY). The final New York State Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget includes $55M in State funding for the SHIN-NY (@NYeHealth), which will go towards building an innovative, public network in New York designed to give doctors and patients instant access to their complete health records, anywhere and anytime. New York has been at the forefront of health innovation and will now be the first large state in the country to build a public network of interconnected electronic health records of this kind.  Read press release.

Krauter & Company Advances the Private Health Insurance Exchange Platform with Advisory Services
Employers are looking for the most effective way to control healthcare spend while continuing to meet the needs of a diverse workforce; many are turning to private exchanges. However, the popularity and rapid growth of private sector exchanges has also resulted in confusion and hesitation for companies faced with tackling increasing healthcare costs.  Krauter & Company’s Private Health Exchange Solution Platform provides an innovative and timely approach to identify which exchange meets the client’s best interests while also evaluating more traditional strategies. With multiple established private exchange partnerships in place, Krauter & Company’s Exchange Services provides clients with a side by side analysis of traditional plans and multiple exchanges.  Read press release.

Nationally-Renowned Speakers Set to Present at Connecting Michigan for Health 2014, June 4-6 in Lansing
Connecting Michigan for Health 2014, the state’s leading conference on health information technology and health information exchange, has announced its full agenda and speaker list, including nationally-renowned presenters from across the United States. The full agenda is included in the press release.

Netsmart Drives Coordinated Care for Behavioral Health and Human Services
Making coordinated care a reality, Netsmart (@netsmarttech) showcased its proven care coordination and clinical integration solutions to the more than 4,000 attendees at the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Conference ‘14, May 5-7 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Netsmart’s care coordination solutions are a key facilitator for quality care in a variety of settings in multiple states, including powering Health Homes and other care coordination models for people with chronic conditions, seamlessly facilitating referrals between providers, and facilitating queries between providers and a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).  Read press release.

MRO Announces Founding Membership with Carequality
MRO Corp. (@MROCorp), a leader in disclosure management and health information exchange, announced that it is a founding member of Carequality (“care-e-quality”), an industry collaborative bringing together diverse HIT industry leaders in order to build consensus on how to accelerate seamless health information exchange.  Read press release.

DataMotion’s Andy Nieto to Speak at WEDI Webinar on the Direct Project
DataMotion (@datamotion), a health information service provider (HISP) with more than 14 years of experience in secure data delivery services, announced Andrew Nieto ( @aln669 ), health IT strategist for the company, will be speaking at an upcoming webinar on the Direct Project (Direct). Entitled “Direct Project: The Future of Interoperable Healthcare Information Exchange?,” the webinar will take place on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 3:00 PM EDT.  Read press release.

DataMotion Chosen by OhioHealth to Provide Direct Secure Messaging Services
After a thorough evaluation of technology vendors, OhioHealth (@OhioHealth), a nationally recognized, not-for-profit healthcare system serving a 40-county area, has selected DataMotion (@DataMotion), an innovative health information service provider (HISP), as its provider of Direct Secure Messaging services for its community of 28,000 physicians and associates. DataMotion’s™ Direct Secure Messaging service will enable OhioHealth’s providers to easily and inexpensively exchange health information securely while remaining in full compliance with HIPAA and the HITECH Act.  Read press release.