HIE Weekly Rundown 5-15-13

What’s happening in health information exchange.

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.

Regional HealthShare Exchange to Improve Quality, Lower Costs

PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 09, 2013 – Local Hospitals and Insurers Create First Health Information Exchange in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A new non-profit company, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (HealthShare Exchange), is creating the first health information exchange for southeastern PA. HealthShare Exchange will securely transmit health care data among hospitals, doctors, other health care providers and insurers to improve communication and the efficient delivery of care. HealthShare Exchange is being funded by more than 90 percent of the acute care hospitals in the Philadelphia region, the area’s largest health insurer Independence Blue Cross (IBC), AmeriHealth Caritas, one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for the underserved, Health Partners, a Philadelphia-based, not-for-profit health plan owned by a group of local hospitals, and state and federal grants. Read the press release.

California Seeks Comment on Updated Model Participants Agreement Which Aims to Accelerate Health Information Exchange

SACRAMENTO, CA-May 7, 2013 – The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) announced the release of an updated Model Modular Participant Agreement (MMPA). A 30-day public comment period is now open through June 6, 2013.

The agreement and background on the MMPA can be accessed on the CalOHII website. Following publication of the MMPA Release 1 in 2012, CalOHII received input from over one hundred stakeholders. Based on this feedback and the need to comply with the January 2013 release of the federal HIPAA omnibus final rule, an MMPA task force crafted an updated business associate contract. The task force also revised other MMPA language to assure that it continues to meet the diverse requirements of agreements among health information organizations (HIOs). Read the press release.

More Than 100 South Denver PCPs Join CORHIO

South Metro Primary Care to link its providers’ EHRs to the CORHIO HIE network. – South Metro Primary Care (SMPC), one of the largest primary care independent practice associations in the Denver metro area, along with their medical management company Physician Health Partners (PHP), have announced plans to connect the electronic health records systems of its 118 primary care providers to the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE). Read the news article.

Perficient, Premier healthcare alliance to Deliver Transformative Healthcare Analytics to Improve Patient Care

ST. LOUIS, MO – Perficient first to develop data collection and reporting applications on PremierConnect; initial focus on ACO quality measure review. Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRFT), a leading information technology consulting firm serving Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers throughout North America, has agreed to develop software applications on PremierConnectTM, the largest integrated technology and social business platform in healthcare. One of the first products Perficient will develop on the PremierConnect platform will provide a snapshot of how providers are performing against the 33 Accountable Care Organization (ACO) quality measures defined by the Affordable Care Act. Read the press release.