State HIE News and Updates 9-1-17

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.

As Harvey Engulfs Houston, Texas HIE Leaders Move in to Help 

Healthcare Informatics Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland spoke with Texas HIE leaders who are actively working to support the healthcare providers who are caring for Texans impacted by Harvey. Developments continue to unfold live. Two organizations deeply involved in helping clinicians and patients in southeast Texas this week are Greater Houston Healthconnect (@HealthconnectTX), the Houston-area HIE; and Healthcare Access San Antonio (@HASA_TX), the San Antonio-based HIE whose coverage area encompasses San Antonio and an expanding swath of central Texas, including the Austin and Dallas areas. San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, are all welcoming residents of Houston and southeast Texas who are fleeing flood-ravaged parts of southeast Texas.

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.

CTHealthLink Changing the Healthcare Paradigm – CTHealthLink, the new statewide health information exchange developed in partnership by the Connecticut State Medical Society and KaMMCO Health Solutions, offers Connecticut clinicians a powerful new analytics tool to help improve the quality of patient care. CTHealthLink’s HIE function securely aggregates patient data from all participating clinicians who provide patient care, even if those clinicians are using different electronic health records. The analytics dashboards in CTHealthLink’s unique technology platform then take that aggregated patient data a step further.

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.

HealthInfoNet’s New Data Coverage Chart:

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.

New Interface Analyst joins CliniSync – The August edition of CliniSync Connects is out with a wealth of news from the organization and its state. Among other things, the newsletter introduces a new Interface Analyst, Rachael Hartfield. Ms. Hartfield joins CliniSync with a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University in Health Information Management and Systems. She brings a variety of skills from the healthcare IT world, including experience in database administration and interfacing ambulatory systems.

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.

WISHIN Connections – The August edition of WISHIN’s newsletter, WISHIN Connections, is hot off the press reporting all of the latest happenings within the HIE. WISHIN Pulse’s membership is on the rise with newest additions of ThedaCare and Ho Hunk Health Care Center. “With data on more than 4 million unique patients from more than 1,400 sites of care across the state – it’s clear that WISHIN Pulse has reached the point where just about every provider in the state could use the system and find important health information to treat their patients.”

Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN)

DHIN-twitterDelaware Health Information Network’s (@DHIN_HIE) roots reach back to 1997 when the Delaware General Assembly enacted the organization as a public/private partnership. The objective was, and remains today, to advance the creation of a statewide health information network that addresses the state’s needs for timely, reliable and relevant health care information. In 2007, DHIN “went live” – meaning it became the first operational statewide health information exchange in the nation.

DHIN Partners With Vynca to Implement End-of-Life Medical Orders Registry – Vynca, provider of sustainable advance care planning solutions, and DHIN have established a partnership to facilitate the capture, storage and sharing of end-of-life medical orders across the care continuum. Vynca offers a comprehensive software solution to capture, store, and access medical orders for Scope of Treatment forms, (e.g. POLST, MOLST) which are vital in ensuring that patients’ end-of-life wishes are met. The organizations will collaborate to create an electronic registry that provides a single source of advance care planning documentation instantly accessible online to authorized healthcare providers in any care setting. Work on the project commenced earlier this month, and the registry is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

SHIEC Annual Conference News and Tweets

SHIEC Proclaims, “HIEs are Thriving!” – The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (@SHIEClive), a national trade association representing health information exchanges convened its members in Indianapolis, Ind. for its annual user conference. Members are celebrating the culmination of another successful year for the young organization. The reasons to celebrate include significant year-over-year growth, expansion of the types of activities SHIEC engages in, and greater national patient coverage. The association is also using the conference to announce its national rollout plan for its Patient Centered Data HomeTM initiative.

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.

The NeHII Team Enjoyed #SHIEC2017

NY-SHINY-200New York -Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY)

The 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.

HEALTHeLINK’s Director of Operations Speaks at #SHIEC2017

PA-HSX-200Health Share Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSX)

HealthShare 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 at #SHIEC2017

Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange (CORHIO)

CORHIO200CORHIO (@CORHIO) manages one of the country’s largest and most successful health information exchange networks and works to improve healthcare through the use of information technology and data exchange.

CORHIO Connects New Hospital Data Sender – Rio Grande Hospital in the San Luis Valley is remote and geographically isolated, but is right on point with utilizing technology to improve patient care. The hospital recently developed their own interface between the hospital EHRsystem and the separate EHR of their four clinics. In addition, they joined the CORHIO Health Information Exchange network, in a two-prong project. Firstly, to make their hospital data available to other providers in the community, and secondly, to give their clinics access to CORHIO data delivered right to their EHR.

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.

HIEs Serve Communities of All Sizes – For the Record highlights CORHIO and RIQI in its August 2017 edition. “Not to be outdone by its large-state counterparts, RIQI is recognized as one of the most successful and innovative initiatives in the nation. RIQI owns and operates CurrentCare, a secure electronic network that integrates a wide range of patient information. CurrentCare has more than 550 enrollment partners, and nearly one-half of all the state’s residents have enrolled.” Be sure to read this impressive article in its entirety to learn more

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 Connect with Central Valley Medical Center, Kane County Hospital and Pacific Mobile Diagnoastics – UHIN continues to grow the number of data sources to the cHIE! The latest additions to the cHIE are Central Valley Medical Center, Kane County Hospital, and Pacific Mobile Diagnostics.

UHIN’s 2017 Annual HIT Conference is just around the corner:

HIE Organizations Upcoming Events


Great Lakes Health Connect Events
What: GLHC 2017 Summit Series
When: various dates from May 10 – October 4
Where: various locations

What: 2017 Annual HIT Conference
When: September 26
Where: Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus

South Dakota Health Link
What: 4th Annual Fall Forum
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD

Health Current Event
What: 10th Annual Health Current Summit & Trade Show
When: Monday, October 30 – Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Where: Renaissance Phoenix/Glendale Resort & Spa, Glendale, AZ

WISHIN Event – Save the Date
What: 2nd Annual Wisconsin HIE Summit
When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where: Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit (@HealthITCONNECT)
What9th Annual State Healthcare IT Connect Summit 
When: April 5-6, 2018
Where: Hilton Hotel Baltimore, MD