HIE Rundown 8-19-16

HIE-200Health 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.

Patient Record Sharing Increases Using Carequality Interoperability Framework
Nationwide health data sharing takes another leap forward as the early adopters of Carequality (@CarequalityNetannounced they’ve made it easier to exchange data between different electronic health record systems (EHRs), record locator services (RLS), and health information exchanges (HIEs), leveraging a central provider directory and common set of rules. At select sites, providers using athenahealth®, eClinicalWorks, Epic, HIETexas, NextGen and Surescripts are now sharing health information with other providers using the Carequality Interoperability Framework.

$16 Million in Funding to Improve Health Care in Rural America
More than $16 million has been awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (@HRSAgov) to improve access to quality health care in rural communities, including funds that will expand use of telehealth technology for veterans and other patients, assist providers with quality improvement activities, and support policy-oriented research to better understand the challenges faced by rural communities.

HealtHIE Nevada Chooses Kno2 to Extend Interoperability to Post-Acute Care Providers
Kno2™(@Kno2), the company that optimizes patient document exchange for everyone in healthcare, and HealtHIE Nevada (healthienevada.org), a private health information exchange run by non-profit HealthInsight Nevada, have announced a partnership to extend the capabilities of the HIE to post-acute, behavioral health and long-term support services organizations. The agreement will allow providers that do not have access to electronic document exchange to leverage the Kno2 portal to connect with hospitals, primary care physician offices and other healthcare providers without resorting to fax.

FCC Connect2Health Task Force Unveils Broadband Health Mapping Tool
The Federal Communications Commission’s (@FCC) Connect2Health Task Force launched the Mapping Broadband Health in America tool (available at www.fcc.gov/health/maps), a web-based mapping tool that will enable and inform more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health. By allowing users to ask and answer questions about broadband and health at the county and census block levels, the tool provides critical data that can help drive broadband health policies and connected health solutions for this critical space.

NetDirector Launches their HealthData Exchange, with Emcare Rays and their Network of Healthcare Providers
NetDirector (@NetDirectorLLC), a cloud-based data exchange company, unveiled their HealthData Exchange in 2014 to address the number one issue in healthcare today: interoperability. The HealthData Exchange solution leverages over a decade of experience in providing integration platform services across disparate systems, based on NetDirector’s unique “integrate once” approach allowing healthcare providers to gain access to the entire HealthData ecosystem of systems and vendors. This approach eliminates the need to develop and maintain multiple data interfaces, ensures data integrity and security, and improves resource allocation. NetDirector is disrupting traditional models by bringing its significant experience of providing Integration-Platform-as-a-Service (iPaas) solutions in the heavily regulated mortgage banking industry to healthcare.

Surescripts Leads Landmark Progress in Health Data Interoperability
Surescripts (@Surescripts), the nation’s leading health information network, processed 9.7 billion secure health data transactions in 2015—a 48 percent increase over 2014—according to data in the company’s 2015 National Progress Report. With an average of 3.8 million electronic prescriptions in the United States each day, Surescripts surpassed the daily number of Amazon packages shipped (1.4 millioni) and Uber rides taken (2 millionii) worldwide.

First FHIR-Based Pharmacogenomics API Launch
Translational Software®, Inc. (@translationalx) a company in the intelligent use of genetic data for clinical decision support and precision medicine, today announced the launch of a new Application Programming Interface (API) that enables health systems, labs and software developers to accelerate development of PGx-enhanced applications. Developed using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) specification, a new open-sourced standard for exchanging healthcare information to ensure interoperability, the API can be used to query TSI’s Knowledge-as-a-Service (KaaS) platform for drug-drug-gene intelligence to improve the prescription ordering process, alert clinicians to potential interactions and adverse drug events, and suggest medication alternatives.