HIE Rundown – 5-12-20

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.


From How I Transformed This on HealthcareNOW Radio, hosts Tammy Hawes and Clark Buckner sat down with Michael Dant, Director of Network Management at myNEXUS, about the importance of value-based care, interoperability and the way Salesforce has assisted myNEXUS in leading the way in industry transformation.

News and Noted

CMS Recognizes EHNAC Program as Evidence of Appropriate Security for Data at the Point of Care Program
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 its HNAP program has been recognized as evidence that an organization has met the security requirements for the Data at the Point of Care pilot. In order to use the program’s Data APIs, CMS has mandated that providers must provide evidence that their EHR software meets one or more specific security requirements, which includes achieving EHNAC HNAP accreditation.

DirectTrust Reports Continued Strong Growth During the First Quarter
DirectTrust (@DirectTrustorg) reported continued strong growth in the number of DirectTrust network users, trusted addresses, and patient/consumer use during the first quarter of 2020. DirectTrust is a non-profit healthcare industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between providers and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Partners with Edifecs to Provide EDI Module Services
Edifecs, Inc. (@edifecs), a global health information technology solutions company, announced that it has been selected by the Department of Human Services of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to implement its purpose-built electronic data interchange (EDI) solution. Edifecs’ EDI Module for State Medicaid Agencies will help the Commonwealth modernize and achieve the Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) 2020 Platform vision of Timely, Accurate, Complete, Outcomes (TACO).

Reliance eHealth Collaborative Enhances Data Reporting and Analytics for COVID-19 Response
IMAT Solutions (@IMATSolutions), a company delivering innovative, real-time, healthcare data management and population health reporting solutions, announced that Reliance eHealth Collaborative (@RelianceHIE), a growing health information exchange (HIE) in the Pacific Northwest, is developing and implementing a wide-range of use cases for enhancing its stakeholders’ COVID-19 response.

Federally Qualified Health Centers Join LANES Health Information Exchange
The Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES) (@LANES_HIE) announced that five federally qualified health centers (FQHC) now have access to its clinical data repository, enhancing primary care for the tens of thousands of LA County patients who frequent the community care clinics.The five FQHC participants joining LANES are: South Central Family Health Center, Via Care Community Health Center, South Bay Family Health Care, San Fernandeo Community Health Center, & Universal Community Health Center.


Virtual HL7 FHIR Connectathon

Interoperability Institute to Host First Virtual InterOperathon
May 28-29, 2020
Register to Participate

The Interoperability Institute will host the 2020 InterOperathon in a virtual platform, encouraging teams to build solutions to address health care issues and promote interoperability. The virtual InterOpathon brings together FHIR® Accelerators and encourages teams to build solutions to advance use cases within Health Level Seven® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Accelerator Programs implementation guides (IG for CARIN, Da Vinci and SIREN/Gravity Project).

A main focus will be to help organizations prepare for compliance with the 21st Century Cures Act final rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. People interested in quality or value-based care, trusted payer exchange, and social determinants of health will be especially interested in participating.

2020 SHIEC Conference
August 16-19, 2020
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio TX
Register for this event.

Make your plans to come and network with more than 70 HIEs and more than 65 SB&T Members along with industry leaders, government officials and more at the 6th annual SHIEC Conference being held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX. Early Bird rates are available through June 26.

Call for Speaker Proposals
Every year, the SHIEC Annual Conference features an outstanding roster of speakers – from SHIEC HIE members, Strategic Business & Technology (SB&T) members to industry thought leaders – and they are inviting you to join them! They are looking for speakers for this year’s annual conference. Submit your speaker proposal before May 15.

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 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 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.

Slow COVID-19: CommonWell Member Resources & Initiatives
Since inception, CommonWell members have been innovators and game changers in the health IT space. Today is no different. In this time of uncertainty and stress to both our health system and our personal wellbeing, it is not surprising that their members once again are stepping up to the challenge to solve some of our world’s biggest challenges. Through their website, they will continue to share and update what their members are doing in the fight to slow COVID-19, provide necessary care coordination resources, and ultimately, help save lives.


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: Why Digital Medicine Depends on Interoperability

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.