HIE Rundown – 7-7-20

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 The Tate Chronicles on HealthcareNOW Radio, host Jim Tate talks to Micky Tripathi, the former president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and now the Chief Alliance Officer at Arcadia. Micky is a pioneer in healthcare IT interoperability and is active in the industry at a local and national level, including membership on the Board of Directors of HL7, the Sequoia Project, the CommonWell Health Alliance, the HL7 FHIR Foundation, and the Project Manager of the Argonaut Project, an industry collaboration to accelerate the adoption of FHIR.

News and Noted

Using Real-World Data to Advance Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) recently released the results from the Coordinated Registry Network for Women’s Health Technologies project, a collaborative effort to enable researchers to generate real-world evidence using data that address some women’s health issues. Coordinated registry networks (CRNs) enable research across clinical registries to study multiple interventions and play an important role in advancing patient-centered outcomes research. Read the final report to learn more about lessons learned from developing and testing the Women’s Health Technologies CRN FHIR® Implementation Guide.

LANES Connects California’s CURES Prescription Drug Database
The Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES) (@LANES_HIE) announced its health information exchange (HIE) connectivity to CURES, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System platform tracking all Schedule II – IV controlled substances dispensed to patients in California. LANES participants who are licensed prescribers and pharmacists can efficiently access CURES through the HIE as part of the statewide effort to combat the opioid epidemic and promote safer prescribing practices.

Secure Exchange Solutions Receives HITRUST® CSF and NIST Cybersecurity, Accreditations Reaffirming Commitment to Security and Privacy
Secure Exchange Solutions (SES) (@Secure_Exchange), a provider of cloud-based clinical data exchange and AI-powered technologies, announced the company received HITRUST® and NIST Cybersecurity Framework certifications for information security and management of cybersecurity risk for the following business offerings: the SES Health Information Service Provider, Certificate Authority, Registration Authority, analysis tool, and automated notifications platform. These endorsements affirm SES commitment to achieving the highest standard in secure clinical data exchange.

KeyHIE Taps Longstanding Partnership with Orion Health to Rapidly Enable Public Health Reporting Amid COVID-19 Crisis
The Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE®), a network of more than 350 healthcare facilities across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, announced that it has leveraged its longstanding partnership with Orion Health (@OrionHealth), a provider of population health management solutions, to enable real-time automated COVID-19 reporting. The reporting improves public health data collection across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and helps address the COVID-19 health crisis.

Lyniate Facilitates Interoperability Ecosystem via Strategic Partnerships
Lyniate (@lyniate), a global company in healthcare data interoperability, announced that as part of its effort to create a truly interoperable ecosystem in healthcare, it has partnered with two healthcare technology vendors: BioIntelliSense and HICG. These companies are the latest to leverage Lyniate’s industry leading interoperability engines, Rhapsody and Corepoint, to streamline the complexities of healthcare data.

To Read

Six Ways Interoperability Improves Healthcare Delivery and Patient Experience
From Orion Health (@OrionHealth) – Interoperability – or rather a lack of interoperability – remains a dilemma for many healthcare organisations. Interoperability is the ability of different information systems, devices and applications to access, exchange, integrate and cooperatively use data in a coordinated manner. Why is interoperability important in healthcare? Read more.


2020 SHIEC Conference NOW VIRTUAL
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.

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 Announces Move to a New National Office in the Wharf District of Washington, DC
The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) has announced that it has moved its national office to Washington, DC. The new office in the Wharf District at 800 Maine SW is minutes away from federal and Congressional offices. SHIEC, representing America’s health information exchanges (HIEs) is increasingly engaged in the national discussion of health information sharing and infrastructure, according to Kelly Hoover Thompson, SHIEC CEO. The move comes at a time when HIEs are engaged in receiving, aggregating and disseminating COVID-19 test results and working with state and local health departments to monitor and respond to the pandemic.

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.


Why Patient Identity Management Tools are Critical for COVID-19 Care and Disease Surveillance
Is your organization struggling to achieve an integrated data environment amid COVID-19? Does fragmented patient information slow down your response efforts? Effective case management and reporting requires ongoing support and creative solutions for healthcare’s most fundamental problems—including oft-overlooked patient identity matching and health information exchange.

Download this eBook by NextGate to learn how to:

  • Bridge the infrastructure gaps that impact COVID-19 responses
  • Overcome demographic data challenges needed create a longitudinal

Consensus: The Chase for Interoperability
In its continued campaign to bring about data interoperability across the healthcare industry by 2024, the HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly released a set of new rules in 2019 to further promote the seamless exchange of protected health information (PHI). Despite increasing attempts to facilitate interoperability through regulations, the challenges lie elsewhere in creating seamless data exchange among a patient’s physician, hospital, labs, pharmacy, and others along the continuum of care.

Download this paper by eFax Corporate to learn more about the fastest, most cost-effective way for your organization to access and share patient data through one interoperable platform.

eHealth Initiative Resource Center
Interoperability Files – Check out the new white paper resource in the eHealth Initiative’s (@eHealthDC) Resource Center: FHIR FAQs

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.