HIE Rundown – 8-23-19

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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Health Catalyst

The Healthcare Analytics Summit 19
When: September 10-12, 2019
Where: The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City UT
Hashtag: #HAS19
Register for this event.

The future of healthcare digitization is exciting and transformative, and data will be the foundation to accelerate that change. HAS 19 will showcase data as both a fundamental survival strategy and as an innovative approach for thriving in the new world of digital healthcare.

News and Noted

Diameter Health Announces New Partnerships with Leading Health Information Exchanges
Diameter Health (@DiameterHealth), developer of the leading clinical data integration platform, announced partnerships with two additional health information exchanges (HIEs), continuing its support of innovative organizations dedicated to sharing clinical data to improve healthcare quality. New Diameter Health customers include Washington State’s OneHealthPort (@OneHealthPort) and a pilot with Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA) (@HASA_TX).

Practice Pro Teams Up with Kno2 to Deliver Interoperability Across Outpatient Therapy Spectrum
Practice Pro (@ptpracticepro), a developer of therapy practice management software designed specifically for the needs of outpatient therapy providers, and Kno2 (@Kno2), the company that provides Interoperability as a Service to everyone in healthcare, announced a partnership that will provide physical and occupational therapist practices with a fully interoperable healthcare solution. Through this strategic partnership, Kno2’s Interoperability as a Service™ (IaaS) will be integrated into the Practice Pro cloud-based EMR and practice management system, enabling physical and occupational practices to seamlessly exchange clinical data and patient health information (PHI) with providers and referral sources across healthcare.

Leading Healthcare Stakeholders Commit to Real-World Testing of HL7’s FHIR Bulk Data Implementation Guide
On July 30, as part of the second Blue Button Developers Conference at the White House, a broad coalition of health systems, health plans, and other health IT stakeholders committed to real-world testing of the soon to be published HL7® FHIR® Bulk Data implementation guide (IG). The announcement was made on stage by HL7 International (@HL7) CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe, later joined by Steven Posnack from ONC and Dr. Shafiq Rab of Rush University System for Health. More than 20 early adopters who have committed to advance this important use of HL7 FHIR were identified.

Interoperability Standards Advisory: 2019 Request for Comments
We know it’s been a busy year for your reviewing and commenting on our 21st Century Cures Act Proposed Rule and the latest draft documents associated with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). But don’t put your proverbial pen down yet! Summer is the time for the annual Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) comment and review period. The ONC needs your comments on revisions and additions you suggest we make to the current content in the ISA. We are looking for your recommendations before we take a “snapshot” of the ISA toward the end of the year. Any comments we receive will be reviewed for inclusion and the ISA will then be updated and posted on our website – referred to as the 2020 Reference Edition.

ONC ReportInteroperability among Office-Based Physicians in 2015 and 2017

OCR HIPAA Right of Access FAQs: The HHS Office for Civil Rights released FAQs about the HIPAA right of access as it relates to apps designated by individual patients and application programming interfaces used by a healthcare provider’s electronic health record system. Read the OCR Patient Right of Access FAQs.

HIE and Standards Organizations

DirectTrust Reports Explosive Growth in Number of Secure Transactions During Second Quarter
DirectTrust (@DirectTrustorg) reported continued explosive growth in the number of DirectTrust transactions during the second quarter of 2019. The number of organizations served, patient/consumer users, and trusted addresses also continued to grow steadily. 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.

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 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 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: Diameter Health (@DiameterHealth), Particle Health, and WellHive (@WellHive).


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: Replacing an EHR comes with many challenges and costs

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.