State HIE News and Updates 4-28-20

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.

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 is here to help during COVID-19 – MX is working with a number of public health departments and officials to identify at-risk populations and monitor trends in health care utilization to keep a pulse on hospital and health system capacity. Find out a few ways you can use MX’s tools to support your COVID-19 efforts.

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.

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North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA)

In 2015 the General Assembly of North Carolina established a state-managed Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) to oversee and administer the NC Health Information Exchange Network. The NC HIEA is housed within the NC Department of Information Technology’s (DIT) Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC). The NC HIEA operates North Carolina’s state-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex, a secure, standardized electronic system in which providers can share important patient health information. The use of this system promotes the access, exchange and analysis of health information.

Coronavirus Response – NC HIEA is taking several measures to ensure that patient data continues to flow uninterrupted across North Carolina.

Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services

LANES (@LANES_HIE) is an independent, non-profit organization developing a health information exchange (HIE) for all hospitals, clinics, and health plans that provide care to L.A. County residents. LANES seeks to make patients health information available safely and securely, when and where it is needed to enable better clinical care and care coordination.

Federally Qualified Health Centers Join LANES Health Information Exchange The Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (@LANES_HIE) announced that five federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) now have access to its clinical data repository, enhancing primary care for the tens of thousands of LA County patients who frequent the community care clinics.

LANES Provides Critical Data Sharing During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis – LANES is working actively with California state and local public health organizations, health systems, hospitals and community clinics to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

California – SacValley MedShare

SacValley MedShare (@svmshie) is a member of the California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE) and serves the 16-county region of California, north of Sacramento, which includes the North Central Valley and the surrounding mountainous terrain. Its region is largely rural and mountainous, with travel limited by climate and season in much of the area. Good communication is critical to coordinate care between primary care, specialists, hospital providers, and skilled nursing care facilities that fulfill a vital role in post-discharge care for many patients.

Robert Folden; Newest SVMS Board Member – Robert Folden is the newest member of the SacValley MedShare Board of Directors. Folden is the Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California.

healtheConnect Alaska

healtheConnect Alaska (@akehealth) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, organized and managed by Alaskans and tasked by the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services, to provide safe, secure transport for health information in order to improve quality and safety of patient care and increase efficiencies for hospitals and medical practices. healtheConnect Alaska provides health information exchange and direct secure messaging services to more than 20 hospitals and 450 healthcare organizations across Alaska.

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HealtHIE Nevada

HealtHIE Nevada (@HealtHIENevada) is a private, nonprofit, community-based HIE dedicated to connecting healthcare organizations by managing real time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information. HealtHIE Nevada operates throughout the entire state, and is the only HIE open and available to the entire Nevada healthcare community.

COVID-19 Access to Your Patients’ Medical Records – To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, HealtHIE Nevada is offering free access to our HealtHIE Chart provider portal which contains comprehensive medical records on nearly every Nevadan. The HIE collects medical records from acute care hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care sites, skilled nursing facilities, doctor offices, laboratories, imaging centers, and other healthcare organizations across the state.

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.

State Senator Sara Howard praises NEHII’s COVID-19 data monitoring efforts – NEHII is rapidly deploying COVID-19 data-monitoring efforts to make a difference in keeping Nebraskans healthy.

Maine – HealthInfoNet

HealthInfoNet (@hinfonet) is a Maine-based, independent nonprofit designated by the State of Maine to operate Maine’s statewide health information exchange. The HIE links medical information from separate health care sites to create a single electronic patient health record. This record is accessible to a patient’s authorized health care providers to support treatment. HealthInfoNet provides a secure, standardized electronic system where health care providers can share important patient information, giving them the tools they need to make more informed treatment decisions, especially in an emergency.

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Arizona – Health Current

Health Current (@AZHealthCurrent), is a partner that gives providers the information they need to make better clinical decisions and keep people healthy. The HIE believes more complete information is more meaningful. It makes healthcare transformation possible. And Health Current is central to this progress, integrating information technology and care delivery to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Health Current Releases COVID-19 Alert Enhancements, FAQs Now Available – In an effort to support the Arizona healthcare community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Current, Arizona’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), recently launched COVID-19 Alerts, real-time alerts on all COVID-19 lab results received by the HIE. Health Current is announcing new enhancements to the COVID-19 Alerts service as well as new COVID-19 frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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.

HSX COVID-19 Response – HSX continues to support state and local agencies, membership, and the HSX board to provide additional services as needed to respond to the Covid-19 Emergency.

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.

GaHIN Releases Technology RFP – GaHIN announced that it has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for new technology options.

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.

Announcing Free Access to WISHIN Pulse – To help ensure that doctors, hospitals, post-acute facilities, home-health agencies, EMS services and others have access to real-time clinical data and longitudinal patient history during the COVID-19 outbreak, WISHIN is announcing that it will offer new clients free access to the WISHIN Pulse Community Health Record for a limited time.

New York -Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY)

NY-SHINY-200The SHIN-NY is the only HIE that provides universal access regardless of network or EHR system. New York State has made a significant investment in the SHIN-NY and in 2016 they set a goal of connecting 100% of the PPS across the state to the SHIN-NY. The eight RHIOs that make up the SHIN-NY are working directly with the PPS organizations to meet their needs.

HealtheConnections COVID-19 Response – Part of the work HealtheConnections has been conducting includes partnering with the NYS Department of Health to supply surveillance information they need to track COVID-19, and engaging with local and county health departments to assist with sharing community information.

Statement from HEALTHeLINK Executive Director Daniel Perreca Regarding Updated COVID-19 Capabilities – “With the continued spread of COVID-19, HEALTHeLINK is supporting epidemiology and surveillance efforts and a number of other related efforts including enabling tracking and alert notifications to providers specific to coronavirus.”

April 2020 COVID and SDOH Activities – Healthix is playing a vital part amid the coronavirus outbreak. Through COVID-19 lab alerts, telehealth access and support for clinicians caring for patients at the Javits Center and USNS Comfort, Healthix is dedicated to helping wherever the need.

Hixny Adds Two Connections in March – Hixny connected two organizations to the community-wide health information network (HIN) in March, further expanding the availability of patient records to the statewide healthcare community and to individual healthcare consumers.

Rochester RHIO COVID-19 Announcements & Resources – The latest announcements from Rochester RHIO, as well as list of community resources to support the community during this time.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)

The 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 Expands Board of Directors, Welcomes Three New Board Members – MiHIN has expanded their board of directors and recently welcomed three new board members including Dr. Bradley J. Clegg, Chief Medical Information Officer Metro Health, University of Michigan, Dr. Jerome Finkel, M.D., M.H.A., FACP Trustee, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, and Dr. John Fox, Senior Medical Director of Priority Health and Vice President Clinical Transformation, Spectrum Health Systems and Executive Medical Director, West Michigan ACO.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services amplifies patient data exchange efforts to aid in COVID-19 response – With the COVID-19 pandemic, MiHIN is working closely with Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) to increase the ability to securely exchange real-time patient data. MiHIN has amplified their patient data exchange delivery in metro Detroit at Detroit Medical Center, Trinity Health System and Henry Ford Health System and plans to expand this aid statewide. These efforts will allow for increased efficiency, seamless care and reduce burdens on physicians and health care workers on the frontline.

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 Alerting Utah Healthcare Organizations of COVID-19 Lab Results in Real-Time – In response to the need for increased sharing of time-sensitive health information during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, UHIN is sending COVID-19 lab result alerts from hospitals directly to healthcare providers, ACOs and care managers in and around the state of Utah. These alerts will be available at no cost to physicians and care teams during the crisis and current CHIE users will incur no additional costs for Lab Result Alerts.

Missouri – Missouri Health Connect (MHC)

MO-HC_twitterMissouri Health Connect (@HealthConnectMO), a non‐profit organization, is the state‐designated HIE organization that provides a secure and private electronic platform for sharing health information.

Missouri Health Connection – MHC’s April Newsletter includes updates from President and CEO, Angie Bass, and how the HIE is providing help amidst the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE)

IHIE-200Indiana Health Information Exchange (@IndianaHIE) operates the nation’s largest health information exchange, providing a secure, robust and interoperable health information technology network that connects over 150 hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, community health clinics and other healthcare providers.

COVID-19 Pandemic Dashboard – Regenstrief, IHIE and others create dashboard to help public health officials respond to pandemic. The dashboard augments the State’s information by providing data on patients’ course of care through local healthcare systems. Data on hospitalizations and intensive care unit stays gives State leaders a more comprehensive picture of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Hoosiers and the healthcare system, as well as perspective to anticipate emerging hotspots and surges.

Quality Health Network (QHN)

Quality Health Network is a not-for-profit community partnership, established in 2004 to support the adoption of health information technology, provide health information exchange services and promote innovative uses of electronic health information for improved healthcare outcomes. QHN’s uniquely connected technology allows its network to not just exchange information, but enhance care coordination, and support the data needs of high value applications.

COVID-19 Response – QHN is now sharing COVID-19 results from the CDPHE and will send an alert to you for any of your subscribed patients.

HIE Organizations Upcoming Events

2020 SHIEC Annual Conference (@SHIEClive)
What: 2020 SHIEC Annual Conference
When: August 16 – 19, 2020
Where: San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas

Connecting Michigan for Health Conference (@MiHIN)
What: Connecting Michigan for Health Conference
When: POSTPONED Until 2021
Where: Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan


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