State HIE News and Updates 12-28-18

State Health Information Exchanges (HIE) come in all shapes and sizes but have one thing in common: To improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care delivered in their states. Catch all the latest updates on our Twitter List of HIEs. Here are updates being reported from these organizations.

HealthSYNC of Louisiana

HealthSYNC of Louisiana (@HealthSYNCofLA) is a physician-led health information network delivered in partnership with the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) offering a suite of health information technology tools to help health professionals across the state of Louisiana CONNECT. ANALYZE. ENGAGE. and TRANSFORM. the healthcare industry.

State Medical Societies Collaborate to Impact Healthcare Disparities – Seven state medical societies, including the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS), announced the creation of the Health Equity Network for Change (HENC) in September. The organization is focused on improving the health status of medically underserved populations, utilizing health information exchange data and powerful analytic tools provided by KAMMCO. Medical societies in Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kansas and Missouri have engaged KAMMCO to build physician-led exchanges.

California – Manifest Medex

Manifest MedEx is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health information exchanges (HIEs), combining 11.7 million claims records from Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross and 5 million clinical patient records from 150 participating partners. Manifest MedEx supports physicians, nurses, hospitals and health plans in sharing critical health information to ensure that patients receive the safest, highest-quality care possible. The California Integrated Data Exchange and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange merged to create Manifest Medex.

Manifest MedEx Expands Health Data Network in Southern California – Manifest MedEx is announcing two new major participants for California’s largest nonprofit health data network. Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system in San Diego serving 750,000 patients annually, and AHMC Healthcare, a network of seven affiliated hospitals in the greater San Gabriel Valley, have joined the network to securely exchange crucial patient health information in real time. These additions follow the announcement earlier this year of Stanford Health Care, Heritage California, and Hill Physicians as participants.

Connecticut – CTHealthLink

CTHealthLink (@CTHealthLink) is a physician-led health information network delivered in partnership with the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) offering a suite of health information technology tools to help health professionals across the state of Connecticut CONNECT. ANALYZE. ENGAGE. and TRANSFORM. the healthcare industry.

KAMMCO Develops New Tool to Assist Healthcare Providers Combatting Opioid Epidemic – Physicians, hospitals, and behavioral health providers participating in the CTHealthLink health information exchange will appreciate access to a new analytic dashboard—Opioid/Controlled Substances. Developed by physicians in response to the widespread opioid crisis in this country, the new tool supplements the currently available Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Read about this and more in the latest CTHealthLink Newsletter.

Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)

Nebraska Health Information Initiative (@NeHIIorg) is leading the effort to create a secure, online, web-based Health Information Exchange designed to serve the state of Nebraska. Improved delivery of health care information and reduced health care costs are good for all citizens of Nebraska. The state has a proud tradition and reputation of providing the finest health care possible to its citizens. The HIE will help health care providers take health care to the next level.

NeHII Moves into New ‘office in Omaha, NE

Health Share Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSX)

PA-HSX-200HealthShare Exchange (@HealthShareExch) is the greater Philadelphia region’s health information exchange for the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania region. HSX is a unique, membership-dues-supported nonprofit formed by the Delaware Valley’s hospitals/health systems and healthcare insurers that links the electronic medical record systems of different hospital health systems, medical centers, and clinics — and the claims data of healthcare insurers — to make this information accessible at inpatient and outpatient points of care, including medical practice offices.

Ohio – CliniSync

OH-CliniSync-200CliniSync (@CliniSync) is a nonprofit, independent, private organization originally funded from HITECH and the ONC. The Ohio Health Information Partnership assisted providers in EHR adoption and the infrastructure for statewide HIE. It was named CliniSync, which signifies Clinical data synchronization.

Fred Gutwirth, IT Director of Clinical Applications at University Hospitals, explains how CliniSync products fit into their vision for Health Information Technology throughout their entire system:

Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN)

wi-shin-twitterIn October 2010 Wisconsin officially announced its intention to designate WISHIN (@WISHIN_Pulse), a not-for-profit organization formed by the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, and Wisconsin Health Information Organization, as the State-designated entity to govern statewide HIE. DE on October 25, 2010. WISHIN is responsible for implementing Wisconsin’s Strategic and Operational Plan. The plan requires multi-stakeholder collaboration and emphasizes ongoing development of government and policy structures.

Client Spotlight: Ryan Brothers Ambulance – WISHIN recently launched a new use case for WISHIN Pulse, allowing ambulance and EMS providers to access clinical data for their billing purposes. One of the early adopters, Ryan Brothers Ambulance, is
the largest privately-owned ambulance service in Dane County. Ryan Brothers provides ambulance transports at all levels of care: hospital discharges, acute medical situations, and critical-care hospital-to-hospital transports. The company, based in Madison, operates seven stations in three counties and has 20 ambulances that respond to approximately 19,000 calls per year.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)

MI-MiHIN-200The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (@MiHIN) is Michigan’s initiative to continuously improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety by promoting secure, electronic exchange of health information through the MiHIN Health Information Services Cloud (HISC). MiHIN represents a growing network of public and private organizations working to overcome data sharing barriers, reduce costs, and ultimately advance the health of Michigan’s population.

MiHIN gets the Job Done:

Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN)

Georgia Health Information Network (@GeorgiaHIE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a healthier Georgia by facilitating the use and secure exchange of electronic health information so providers have the information they need at the point of care. GaHIN’s two products, GeorgiaDirect and Georgia ConnectedCare, connect providers statewide and nationally and are free for credentialed, authorized Georgia users.

Pam Matthews Brings Management and Operations Experience to New Role at Georgia Health Information Network – Pamela V. (Pam) Matthews, RN, MBA, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, has joined the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) as Executive Operating Officer. GaHIN is a nonprofit organization that is the state-designated Health Information Exchange (HIE).

Michigan – Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC)

Great Lakes Health Connect (@GLHC_HIE) is one of the largest and most successful Health Information Exchanges in the country and is growing rapidly. GLHC is committed to creating care-connected communities across Michigan. Their vision is to enhance patient experience, improve health outcomes, and reduce costs across the continuum of care.

Keep Your Crystal Ball – Un-predictions for 2019 – Volume 1 – There is much uncertainty about what the future will bring for the health information technology industry. Doug Dietzman, Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Health Connect, an experienced professional and thought leader in the field, shares his thoughts on the current and future state of healthcare delivery and technology.

Utah Health Information Network (UHIN)

UT-UHIN-200UHIN (@UHIN_HIE) has been in operation since 1993 beginning as a claims “post office.” Today it also operates the Clinical Health Information Exchange (cHIE), which empowers doctors and patients to work together for safer, better-coordinated care by making crucial information available to doctors at the point of care.

UHIN Winter Newsletter 2018 – In this end-of-year edition of UHIN’s bi-monthly newsletter, you’ll find helpful tips, the latest from Standards, the newest offerings from UHIN, and much more!

Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)

KS-KHINKHIN (@khininfo) capitalizes on the unique strengths that local communities and regions bring to the HIE and ensure that individual regions or communities have the decision-making authority to address local or regional health-care initiatives.

December Newsletter – Happy Holidays from your KHIN Team. As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and appreciating all the special relationships that have been fostered. We hope that 2018 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues, and your loved ones. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.


HIE Organizations Upcoming Events


2019 Connecting Michigan for Health Annual Conference (@MiHIN)
What2019 Connecting Michigan for Health Conference 
When: June 3-5, 2019
Where: Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan

WISHIN’s Fourth Annual Wisconsin HIE Summit (@WISHIN_Pulse)
What: Save the Date! 
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Where: Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, WI



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