HIE Rundown – 8/14/14

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.

DataMotion Launches Community Web Portal for Rapid Deployment and Extension of Direct Secure Messaging Capabilities
DataMotion (@DataMotion), an experienced health information service provider (HISP) with the industry’s leading record of customer deployments and Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) attestations, announced the DataMotion™ Direct Community Web Portal. Through the service, Eligible Hospitals (EH) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) can rapidly begin attestation for the transition of care objectives of MU2 by enabling the secure transfer of protected health information (PHI) from one care setting to another, even if an affiliate provider is not equipped with Direct Secure Messaging (Direct) or certified EHR system. The Portal will include a Continuity of Care Document (CCDs) Viewer that overcomes a further industry obstacle by allowing the receiving healthcare provider(s) to easily view these files without the expense of additional EHR software.

EHNAC Announces 2014 Final Criteria for HIE Accreditation Program
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) (@EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body announced the adoption of new criteria for the Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (HIEAP), including the Texas Health Services Authority’s (THSA) HIE state-level program that was released for review in March. The updated HIEAP criteria will assess health information and oversight of HIEs to ensure healthcare reform and privacy and security regulations are met, further establishing trust throughout the healthcare community, while the TX-HIEAP will allow Texas HIEs to ensure they meet state as well as national standards.

NJSHINE and New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) Announce Major Partnership
NJSHINE, an electronic Health Information Organization (HIO) serving Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties in New Jersey announces the formation of an alliance with the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) to promote the sharing of electronic health information between healthcare providers and patients in South Jersey.

New California Not-for-Profit to Operate Statewide, Next-Generation Health Information Exchange
The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) (@thecalindexannounced plans to develop a statewide, next-generation health information exchange (HIE). This comprehensive collection of electronic patient records will include clinical data from healthcare providers and health insurers. Cal INDEX will allow physicians, nurses and hospitals throughout the state to share patients’ health information, and will provide them with the tools to help them give their patients the safest, highest-quality care possible. The result will be one of the largest exchanges of its kind, initially providing physicians and nurses with secure, on-line access to approximately 9 million health information records – or nearly one-fourth of the state’s population. Cal INDEX expects to be operational by the end of 2014.

Boulder Medical Center Joins CORHIO Health Information Exchange, Enhancing Care Coordination For Area Patients
More than 70 providers at the Boulder Medical Center, a multispecialty group that also operates an urgent care clinic, are now using health information exchange, in addition to an advanced electronic medical record system, to coordinate care for more than 200,000 annual patient visits. Through CORHIO’s (@CORHIO) secure electronic network, Boulder Medical Center doctors are now receiving laboratory results from hospitals and labs around the state without having to wait for faxes or other paper-based methods of communication. This is reducing patient wait times, helping doctors make faster and more accurate clinical decisions, and saving staff time previously spent tracking down patients’ medical records.  Read press release.

MedeAnalytics Creates State-Wide Clinical Data Repository, Master Patient Index and Provider Portal with Mississippi Division of Medicaid
MedeAnalytics (@MedeAnalytics) announced that the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (Mississippi DOM) launched a clinical data repository, provider portal and Medicaid Master Patient Index (MPI). Leveraging MedeAnalytics’ robust analytics platform and Medicaid Management solution, Mississippi DOM now has a single-identifier for each of Mississippi’s 750,000 active Medicaid beneficiaries. Medicaid providers can access a harmonized state-wide MPI that allows administrators to easily manage a patient’s longitudinal record and improve patient safety and care.  Read press release.