State HIE News and Updates 1-6-17

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.

Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP)

md-crisp-200CRISP (@CRISPhealth) is a regional HIE serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. They are a non-profit organization advised by a wide range of stakeholders who are responsible for healthcare throughout the region. CRISP has been formally designated as Maryland’s statewide health information exchange by the Maryland Health Care Commission. The goal of the HIE is to deliver the right health information to the right place at the right time – providing safer, timelier, efficient, effective, equitable, patient centered care. In doing so, CRISP offers a suite of tools aimed at improving the facilitation of care for the region’s providers.

CRISP Research Initiative – For the last several years, CRISP participants have been asking if the data flowing through CRISP can be used for research purposes (beyond the established permitted purposes of clinical care, public health, and operations). CRISP established Research Subcommittee of their existing Clinical Committee to oversee and approve appropriate uses of data by signees of the CRISP Participation Agreement. The Research Subcommittee will now begin reviewing data requests for studies that fit under
this narrow use case. Their initial goal is to support ten studies using CRISP data by June 30th, 2017.

The Massachusetts Health Information HIway (Mass HIway)

MassHIwayThe Massachusetts Health Information Highway (#MassHIway) offers doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare organizations a way to securely and seamlessly transmit vital data electronically. The Mass HIway is open to all interested providers, hospitals, and other organizations within the healthcare community regardless of affiliation, location, or differences in technology.

Mass HIway Looking to Hire New Executive Director – The Mass HIway Executive Director will oversee and lead the Mass HIway, and will be responsible for setting and implementing its strategic goals and objectives, as set forth in MGL Chapter 118I, and by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and under advisory guidance of the Health Information Technology Council. The Mass HIway Executive Director will report directly to the Undersecretary of EOHHS and partner closely with Mass Health and EOHHS IT.

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’s PDMP Integration Improves Clinical Workflow, Delivers Value to Aurora Health Care –
WISHIN aims to improve care for patients as well as improve on the data and services providers have at their fingertips to deliver care. One way WISHIN does this is through a strong partnership with the state of Wisconsin that allows the inclusion of data from the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), Medicaid prescription-fill data, and immunization history and schedule information from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).

As a part of the HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education) agenda passed in Wisconsin this year, prescribers will be required to check the PDMP before prescribing certain controlled substances beginning April 1st, 2017. Some WISHIN clients, including Aurora Health Care, are already working to get their staff in the habit of consulting PDMP records via WISHIN’s integration.

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.

Health Information Exchange of New York (Hixny)

ny-hixnyHixny (@HIXNY) is on of the eight RHIOs that make up SHIN-NY. Hixny connects patients, providers and organizations to better coordinate care and reduce healthcare costs in the Capital Region and Northern New York.

University of Vermont Medical Center now contributing data via Hixny – North Country providers can now get a level of detail in patient records they couldn’t have imagined before—thanks to a landmark move by The University of Vermont Medical Center and Hixny. Hixny’s addition of UVM Medical Center is a first for the Empire State and the Northeast where access to secure electronic medical records has crossed borders to connect with providers in other states. The move will multiply the volume of data—and will improve the quality of care—for thousands of North Country residents who see primary care physicians in New York but go to UVM Medical Center for inpatient or specialty care.

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.

New Mission and Vision for CORHIO Unveiled – As healthcare information technology evolves to meet provider, payer and patient needs, CORHIO recognizes how important it is to evolve, and even outpace, what’s happening in the industry. To that end, CORHIO’s Board of Directors and Executive Team recently spent a period of introspection evaluating its mission, vision and values to define their guiding principles and inspire the community and our staff.

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).

VITL’s 2016 Annual Report to be Released in January 2017- VITL’s annual report is an opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments during 2016, acknowledge the benefits derived from public and stakeholder investments, and to anticipate future work that continually fulfills VITL’s mission as the operator of the Vermont Health Information Exchange. Looking back is a good way to prepare for what’s ahead. Check out the December Newsletter for some highlights that will be included in the report and look for the 2016 annual report release announcement and report link in their January 2017 newsletter.

 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.

A Successful Milestone in the Heartland Could Advance HIE Interoperability Nationwide –  Three HIEs that are part of a larger pilot to develop and test a “Patient Centered Data Home,” hit a major milestone recently and are now successfully exchanging patient health data among their systems and across state lines. The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN), and East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) reached an agreement to enable data-sharing among their HIEs, ensuring that a patient’s healthcare record follows them wherever they seek care.

Coordinated Care Oklahoma


Coordinated Care Oklahoma (@CCOOklahoma) is the largest Health Information Network serving medical professionals in Oklahoma. It was founded to improve healthcare outcomes. CCO helps medical providers coordinate with other members of a patient’s healthcare team, by providing secure access to real-time, aggregated, complete medical records.

Nuance and Coordinated Care of Oklahoma Make Image Awareness a Reality for Healthcare Information Exchanges – Nuance Communications, Inc. recently announced that it has enhanced its PowerShare Network capabilities in collaboration with Coordinated Care of Oklahoma to make image awareness in Health Information Exchanges now a reality. CCO is the leading health information network of hospitals, health systems and physicians in Oklahoma. This evolution in HIE interoperability provides full access to and the seamless exchange of digital medical images and reports through the cloud plus real time awareness of patient’s prior medical images at the point of care.

HIE Organizations Upcoming Events


HASA 2017 Healthcare Data Reporting Conference 
What2017 HASA Data Reporting Conference 
When: January 17, 2017
Where: Pearl Studio, San Antonio, TX

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