The New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) is a non-profit organization created by New Hampshire legislation to run the statewide health information exchange (HIE). Their aim is to collaborate with hospitals, physicians, community health centers, long term care providers, home care providers and other clinicians involved in healthcare delivery. NHHIO’s secure, encrypted network has given many of their providers the expanded access needed to comply with their EHR Incentive Program objectives, and allows for greater security and auditability when transmitting PHI. The majority of New Hampshire hospital organizations are now submitting required public health data through NHHIO, minimizing the management of multiple connections to the State.
Current participants include Concord Hospital, Exeter Hospital Inc., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and others.
NHHIO reports that their membership has grown to over 65 participants, continuing their positive trend towards full financial sustainability. Over 340,000 public health transactions are being sent through the NHHIO monthly, and over 10,000 are occurring directly between providers for better patient care.
In 2014, NHHIO helped pass legislation to secure protected health information (PHI). The legislation expands the network to include care coordinators, clinical support staff and other members of the care team.
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NHHIO’s mission centers on securely connecting healthcare communities to share patient health information needed for informed care decisions, and Federal and State mandatory reporting to the State’s Division of Public Health Services. Their long-term vision is to become the Granite State’s trusted resource for health information exchange and thus improve quality, efficiency and patient safety, while reducing healthcare costs.