State HIE News and Updates 6-15-16

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.

Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange (CORHIO)

CORHIO200CORHIO (@CORHIO) manages one of the country’s largest and most successful health information exchange (HIE) networks and works to improve healthcare through the use of information technology and data exchange. The organization is growing every day and just recently signed an agreement with Gastroenterology of the Rockies which makes them the first independent pathology lab to contribute to the CORHIO Community Health Record. Gastroenterology of the Rockies will expand their participation in the CORHIO health information exchange and send pathology lab results into the network. The physician-owned group has six locations including endoscopy centers and plans to add the complete pathology note from all their endoscopy center procedures to CORHIO.

Upcoming Webinar
CORHIO is hosting a free webinar on June 28th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. The topic will be the new HIPAA audits including business associates. The HHS Office for Civil Rights  (@HHSOCR) has begun its next phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates. CORHIO’s guest expert on HIPAA David Ginsberg, President of PrivaPlan Associates Inc. (@PrivaPlan), will present this timely webinar and answer your questions. [tweet_dis excerpt=”@CORHIO host free webinar 6/28 on new #HIPAA audits w/David Ginsberg @PrivaPlan”]Tweet This[/tweet_dis]

Michigan – Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC)

GLHC twitterGreat 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.

Now Hiring:
GLHC is growing rapidly and they have excellent opportunities available in their ­­­­­­­­­Grand Rapids office. One such opportunity is an immediate opening for an Implementation Consultant to join their client development and support team, which connects hospital, ambulatory care, and community services to their network. The Implementation Consultant position is needed for Genesee County.

Save the Date:
2016 Summit Series – Register today for these FREE events hosted by GLHC. Join healthcare thought leaders, medical practice staff, population health advocates, healthcare providers, and HIT professionals gathering to network and educate themselves about the value of health information exchange. [tweet_dis excerpt=”Register for free events hosted by @GLHC_HIE”]Tweet this[/tweet_dis]

      • The West Michigan Summit on Tuesday, August 16, Grand Rapids, MI at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College.
      • Detroit Area Summit on Tuesday, August 23, Dearborn MO at the Ford Conference and Events Center.
Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority

PAeHealth-200The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority (@PAeHealth) works to improve healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes in Pennsylvania by enabling the secure exchange of electronic health information (eHIE). The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has awarded some $3.8 million in grant money to bring more healthcare providers onto the eHealth network. The funding for these programs was made available through a grant from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and is being administered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS).  The awardees include: HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Clinical Connect HIE, and Mt. Nittany Medical Center (@MountNittany).

Rhode Island – CurrentCare

RI-CurrentCare-200CurrentCare (@CurrentCare), Rhode Island’s health information exchange system, is a safe, reliable, and efficient electronic network that gives medical professionals access to their patient’s health information. CurrentCare is a free service developed by the RI healthcare community that creates a centralized electronic health record for enrolled patients.

R.I. Assembly OKs Electronic Health-Records Bill to Better Coordinate Care
On Tuesday, June 7th, Rhode Island’s General Assembly overwhelmingly approved legislation to allow health-care providers, with their patients’ permission, to access up-to-date information from CurrentCare to improve coordination of their care. A request to approve the legislation now goes before Governor Raimondo.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)

VITL-twitterVITL (@VITLVT) is the nonprofit organization that advances health care reform efforts in Vermont through the use of health information technology, and is the legislatively designated operator of the state’s Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE).

Save the Date:
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. is hosting Summit ’16: Navigating the Health IT Landscape this coming October 5th and 6th. This two day summit is one of New England’s top conferences for the health information industry. Health care reform is reshaping every facet of the system nationally and locally. VITL understands the challenges of these changes and this conference will offer opportunities to engage with leaders, experts and peers around health information technology tools, resources, best practices and frameworks as instruments for successfully navigating change. Summit ’16 will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

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 Pilots Multi-State Care Coordination Initiative
The Utah state-designated health information exchange (HIE), UHIN cHiE, is now part of a live “patient-centered data home (PCDH)” exchange with Arizona’s HIE – Arizona Health-e Connection (@azhec) and western Colorado’s HIE – Quality Health Network (#QHN). The initiative hopes to improve care coordination when patients receive care outside of their home state. The PCDH exchange is a cost-effective, scalable way for HIEs to communicate across their networks to send patient information to the right provider at the right time.