Spotlight on Health Information Organizations

News & Updates on Your HIEs

Why the SHIN-NY is Key to Combating Communicable Diseases
The Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) is a network of information transmitted between users. Like the internet, as more users connect, it grows, evolves, and becomes more secure, efficient, and easy to use. Claudia A. Edwards, MS, Public Health Director for Broome County Health Department, recently contributed an Op-Ed in the Press & Sun-Bulletin discussing the critical role New York State’s HIE, the SHIN-NY, plays in combating communicable diseases and saving lives. Read her viewpoint.

Study: Health Information Exchange May Reduce Hospital Admissions
Using claims information collected from seven emergency departments in Rochester, the researchers found that physicians and health care professionals who had access to patient data were better able to avoid hospitalizing patients who didn’t need inpatient care. HIE services being used are from the Rochester RHIO. Read Joshua Vest’s article on the study and findings.

Connecting to Long-term Care Providers Drives Quality Care and Savings
Central Illinois Health Information Exhange (CIHIE) is a community-based, independent, neutral organization, established as a 501c3 in December 2010 with a singular mission, to make patient health records more readily accessible to physicians, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers. Joy Duling is the Executive Director of CIHIE. Her presentation this year at HIMSS14 discusses CIHIE and their LTPAC projects supporting the value of health IT.

Colorado’s CORHIO is moving forward on a statewide platform for diagnostic image-sharing
Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that is improving health care quality for all Coloradans through cost effective and secure implementation of health information exchange (HIE). CORHIO is designated by the State of Colorado to facilitate HIE. CORHIO is working with partner GNAX Health of Atlanta on going live with sharing services of diagnostic images across the HIE. The editor of Healthcare Informatics Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland interviewed Brian Braun, CORHIO’s chief financial officer and corporate operations officer regarding the progress being made at CORHIO on a number of fronts. Read more on his interview.

Arizona Health IT Roadmap 2.0
Arizona’s Health IT Roadmap 2.0 provides a direction and vision for Arizona health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE) advancements for the next three years and beyond. Funded through the Arizona HIE Cooperative Agreement Program, AzHeC and the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology office (ASET) collaboratively led the project, with consulting support and subject matter expertise from Mosaica Partners, LLC. Download the Roadmap.

How Adoption of Direct in Tennessee Reached a Tipping Point
The Tennessee Reginal Extension Center (tnREC) was contracted by their state to facilitate adoption of Direct and health information exchange in Tennessee. In a very short time the Direct team has signed up over 4,000 providers to exchange electronic health records. Read Gabriel Perna’s article in Healthcare Informatics about how Amanda King, the tnREC Direct Project Manager and her team has made this a success story.