State HIE News and Updates 9-23-16

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.

Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE)

pa_keyhie-200KeyHIE was founded in 2005 and is one of the oldest health information exchanges in the U.S. KeyHIE seeks to revolutionize the coordination of care between providers, health plans and patients. They serve more than four million patients over a 53 county presence in Pennsylvania. KeyHIE strives to empower entire communities to stay healthy by helping them own their healthcare experience. Recently KeyHIE launched intelligent “push” technology to deliver – in real time – critical information to its participating doctors and health care providers to help ensure smoother care transitions for their patients. Through a partnership with CitiusTech and Orion Health, KeyHIE’s Information Delivery Service, provides alerts, notifications and critical patient information to its participating doctors and healthcare providers so they know when and where their patients receive care within the KeyHIE network.

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. CliniSync has a total number of 148 hospitals contracted with them with 123 live right now. To find out if hospitals in your region are live you can search their interactive map or check a hospital’s status on a public list found on their website. Check out the September Clinicync Connects Newsletter to see the five new Community Members CliniSync recently welcomed aboard.

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, their monthly newsletter, recently reported a 77 percent increase in clinical data from one year ago. The WISHIN Pulse Community Health Record now contains clinical data for more than 4 million unique individuals. In addition, five Federally Qualified Health Centers also joined WISHIN helping to build up the community health record for some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable patients. And finally, supporting its effort to create a complete picture of patients’ health, WISHIN was pleased with the addition of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division as a new client.

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. Recently, one of the state’s RHIOs, Syracuse-based HealtheConnections, in collaboration with the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (@FDRHPO) and Fort Drum’s Medical Department Activity, announced Department of Defense approval of a unique electronic health information exchange partnership between Fort Drum and the surrounding community. The partnership, which was launched as a pilot program last August, is one of three across the country to be tested and approved by the DOD. Other health information exchange partnerships of this kind are in place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Anchorage, Alaska.

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 Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’ Stout Street Health Center (@cocoalition), formerly Stout Street Clinic, provides integrated healthcare to the Denver metro area’s homeless population. They care for more than 15,000 people each year, offering help from healthcare to housing to social services. They have begun utilizing CORHIO’s health information exchange to quickly find patient histories for their transient patient population. In turn, providers and staff at Stout Street Health Center are spending less time tracking down medical records, freeing them to focus more time on patient care.

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). Need help navigating the Health IT landscape and handling all of the changes? As listed below, VITL is presenting—in partnership with The University of Vermont College of Medicine—Summit ’16: Navigating the Health IT Landscape on October 5 & 6, 2016. The conference will provide opportunities to engage with leaders, experts and peers around health information technology tools, resources, best practices and frameworks as instruments for successfully navigating change. Time is running out – register now!


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. UHIN recently welcomed Uintah Basin Medical Center to the cHIE! As the cHIE’s newest data source, the 49-bed hospital in Roosevelt, Utah is utilizing cHIE Alerts, to notify providers when their patients have encounters at Uintah Basin’s inpatient facility or emergency department. Additionally, Uintah Basin now contributes general laboratory information to the Clinical Portal, and is actively working with UHIN to send radiology reports and transcription notes in the near future.

Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA)

TX-hasa_twitterHealthcare Access San Antonio (@HASA_TX) offers value-based, patient-centered information services intended to improve the health status of individuals and the communities it serves. HASA brings together healthcare providers from larger health systems to single physician practices-to enable the secure exchange of health information throughout Central Texas, ensuring that providers have this information securely at their fingertips when and where they need it. HASA took a big step in building an advanced public HIE infrastructure by recently connecting with Texas Health Resources. The health information exchange connects the regions of North, South and West Texas, joining 32 other healthcare organizations in the Lone Star State. HASA has more than 2 million patient records and encrypted data on more than 8.5 million patient encounters.




HIE Organizations Upcoming Events

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. Summit
WhatSummit ’16: Navigating the Health IT Landscape
When: October 5-6, 2016
Where: Burlington, VT

South Dakota Health Link Fall Forum 
What3rd Annual South Dakota Health Link Fall Forum 
When: October 20, 2016 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Holiday Inn City Centre
100 W 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

2017 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit (@HealthITCONNECT)
What8th Annual State Healthcare IT Connect Summit 
When: March 28-29, 2017
Where: Hilton Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD