State HIE News and Updates 6-30-16

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.

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. The Missouri Health Connection’s (MHC) Board of Directors has appointed Angie Bass as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Bass replaces Mark Pasquale who submitted his resignation at the end of May. Bass brings over a decade of health policy and technology experience to the organization and the transition should be smooth due to her current leadership and experience as MHC’s current Chief Operating Officer.

California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE)

The California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE) (@info_cahie) is a collection of individuals and organizations focused on securely sharing health information. CAHIE’s mission is to facilitate and promote the secure exchange of information throughout California to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health services. The California Emergency Medical Services Authority has funded development of a solution to provide real-time health information exchange during disasters. Audacious Inquiry (Ai), a Baltimore-based health IT company, was awarded the contract to develop the standards-based Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) platform to enable the secure exchange of healthcare data across HIE and provider organizations during both natural and manmade disasters. Scott Afzal of Ai notes that California is home to a “number of pretty strong health information exchange organizations serving their communities” so PULSE will collaborate with the California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CaHIE) for specific disaster scenarios.

Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC)

SHIEC-200The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (#SHIEC) is a nonprofit national consortium of statewide, regional and community health information exchanges (HIEs) and a trade association that assists their member organizations through the exchange of ideas and business practices as well as through public education and advocacy. Arizona Health-e Connection (@azhec), Quality Health Network (QHN) in western Colorado, and Utah-based (UHIN), all members of SHIEC, have come together to pilot a “patient-centered data home (PCDH)” initiative. This is a cost-effective, scalable method of exchanging patient data among health information exchanges (HIEs). SHIIEC also has a number of Patient Centered Data Home Pilots underway in various stages in a growing number of SHIEC HIEs.

Utah Health Information Network (UHIN)

UT-UHIN-200UHIN (#UHIN) 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. Detailed Patient Summaries Now Available in the cHIE – UHIN recently announced that Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs, also called patient summaries) from Mountain West Gastroenterology are now available in the cHIE Clinical Portal. Mountain West will automatically send CCDs to the cHIE for all of their patients. The data will remain available in the Patient Summary view.

Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange (CORHIO)

CORHIO200CORHIO 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 Community Health Partnership, in a year-long beta test, partnered last June with CORHIO (@corhio) to streamline access to electronic patient records across several regional providers. Since the year long test was successful among AspenPointe behavioral health, Colorado Springs Health Partners and Peak Vista Community Health Centers, the group is ready to roll out a longitudinal health records database across all regional providers, to include active-duty military and TRICARE patients.

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.

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    • 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). Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority recently announced that the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) is now connected to the PA Patient & Provider Network, or P3N. St. Luke’s University Health Network’s eVantageHealth, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Mount Nittany Exchange, and ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange have also connected with P3N. “This is a huge step forward for patients, who will benefit from improvements in care coordination, patient safety, and healthcare quality,” said Authority Acting Executive Director Kelly Hoover Thompson.

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.