HIE Rundown – 6-29-18

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.


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News and Noted

SacValley MedShare and Connect Healthcare Form Largest and Fastest Growing Health Information Exchange in California
Doctors and medical technicians will be able to quickly and securely access the medical records of 2.6 million patients in Northern California following the formation of what becomes the geographically largest and fastest growing Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the state. SacValley MedShare (@svmshie), a non-profit HIE based out of Northern California, has agreed to merge with Connect Healthcare, a non-profit HIE covering the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Solano and Yolo.

Achieving the Interoperability Promise of 21st Century Cures
Read Dr. Don Rucker’s new blog post about ONC’s work to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act. He discusses topics such as open APIs, improving data sharing across health information networks, and reducing clinician burden. Read more on the Health IT Buzz blog.

New Messaging Platform Poised to Revolutionize Clinical Information Analysis, Sharing
Secure Exchange Solutions (@Secure_Exchange) announced the launch of FETCH and SPOT, a next generation platform that will revolutionize the transmission and intelligent analysis of clinical information at critical points of care. FETCH and SPOT were showcased during the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute and Expo, June 20-22nd at the San Diego Convention Center. FETCH and SPOT together optimize risk-based model decision support by leveraging existing interoperability standards and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Clinical Decision Support Funding from AHRQ
A new funding opportunity announcement solicits proposals for projects that would broadly disseminate patient-centered outcomes research findings into clinical practice through clinical decision support (CDS) systems. CDS resources developed through these awards will be publicly available for use and evaluation on CDS Connect (@AHRQNews).

AMA Salutes Top New Solutions for Fostering Health Data Sharing
The best new ideas for fostering data sharing from health monitoring devices were recognized when the American Medical Association (AMA) (@AmerMedicalAssn) announced the top proposals submitted to AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge (#AMADataChallenge) sponsored by Google Cloud. And the winner is….

News from the ONC
Now Available: 2018 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition – The Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), an interactive catalog of standards and implementation specifications supporting interoperability in healthcare, has been updated following the public review and comment period that ended on November 20, 2017. The 2018 ISA Reference Edition incorporates many of the comments received, and is intended to provide a “snapshot in time” view of the ISA for the new year. Additional changes and functionality improvements are planned for 2018, so be sure to visit the ISA throughout the year.

Save The Date: 2nd ONC Interoperability Forum – From August 6-8, ONC will host the 2nd Interoperability Forum in Washington, DC. We expect stakeholders from industry and government will:

  • Learn about recent efforts to advance interoperability nationwide; and
  • Identify concrete actions that can be taken to respond to today’s interoperability challenges

The Forum will feature a mix of keynote speakers, demos, and opportunities to share and learn best practices.

Date & Time: Monday August 6 (afternoon) – Wednesday August 8, 2018
Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Spotlighting Interoperability Proving Ground Programs
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is: EMS Connectivity.  Through their platform, Kno2 seeks to drive interoperability between the hospital and EMS agencies throughout the patient’s transport and hospital stay – impacting the quality of care, patient safety and outcomes reporting.

Share your interoperability project by submitting a new project at the IPG or update the status of a project that had been posted within the last 90 days. Once a project is submitted or updated, it will be added to the queue to be randomly selected as a featured project. Learn more about the IPG Spotlight.

News from 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.

News from 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.

Welcome to the Newest CommonWell Members!
Since the beginning, CommonWell has had a clear vision that health data should be available to individuals and providers regardless of where care occurs. Their three newest General Members, Aledade, Care Continuity & ZOLL Medical Corp. share this mission, focusing on provider access to health data and improving the delivery of care where it is needed most. Read the press release.

Blog series on FHIR

News from 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.

  • SHIEC & Diameter Health Form New Technlogoy Best Practices Standardization Alliance
  • Alabama One Health Record Joins The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative
  • SHIEC’s Strategic Business & Technology Partner Grows 640% in One Year

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.

eHealth Initiative Resource Center
Interoperability Files – Check out the new white paper resource in the eHealth Initiative’s (@eHealthDC) Resource Center: Patient Matching Considerations for Interoperability