State HIE News and Updates 10-13-17

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.

HIEs Celebrate #NHITWeek

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.

Indiana HIE’S Chuck Christian Wins CHIME Policy Leadership Award – Charles (Chuck) Christian, a longtime advocate for applying health IT to improve patient care, has been named the winner of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) 2017 Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership. The honor was announced this week to coincide with National Health IT Week.

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.

Orion Health Profiles HealthInfoNet – In recognition of National Health IT Week, Orion Health published a case study highlighting the successful collaboration between HealthInfoNet and Orion Health.

HealthInfoNet Board of Directors Announces Leadership Transition – HealthInfoNet’s Board of Directors is announcing that after 11 years of distinguished leadership, Devore Culver is retiring from his position as CEO on October 31, 2017. He will continue to work for HealthInfoNet as a Senior Consultant. Shaun Alfreds has been named Acting Chief Executive Officer. Shaun has served as HealthInfoNet’s Chief Operating Officer since 2010 and his vast operational HIE and development experience will assure a smooth transition.

Arizona – Health Current

Health Current (@AZHealthCurrent), is a partner that gives providers the information they need to make better clinical decisions and keep people healthy. The HIE believes more complete information is more meaningful. It makes healthcare transformation possible. And Health Current is central to this progress, integrating information technology and care delivery to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Arizona and California health information exchanges connect networks – The health information exchanges in Arizona, San Diego and Santa Cruz, Calif. have connected networks to allow patient information to follow them when patients receive healthcare while traveling. These connections are an extension of the Patient Centered Data Home initiative that was piloted in 2016 by three western HIEs through the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, the national trade association of HIEs.

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 hosts Health Information Exchange in Post-Acute Care Event – Post-acute care professionals and stakeholders are invited to sign up for HSX’s event on benefits of HIE to PAC. Find out about the benefits of health information exchange for long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled-nursing facilities, and home health agencies.

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. 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.

Illuminating with Information WISHIN Summit – The 2nd Annual Wisconsin HIE Summit is just around the corner and there is still time to register or sign on as a sponsors. At the summit you will learn how real health care stakeholders in Wisconsin are benefiting from HIE and what’s on the horizon. Check out the newly released agenda to see what’s in store.

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.

5 ways DHIN improves the health of Delawareans – Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) is a statewide health information exchange that provides healthcare practitioners with the medical information they need to make critical decisions about care for their patients. Harnessing the power of health IT, here are 5 ways that Delaware and DHIN enhance the health of Delawareans.

Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange (CORHIO)

CORHIO (@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 Launches Pilot to Integrate Prescription Drug Data in the HIE – Colorado ranks 12th among U.S. states in terms of rates of misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. There are several statewide initiatives underway to curb this epidemic, including the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The PDMP includes a database of prescribed and dispensed controlled substances, which plays a vital role in helping providers identify at-risk patients. CORHIO is excited to announce a pilot to give qualified providers on their network access to this information via the PatientCare 360® health information exchange portal.

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.

SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap: How Health Information Exchange Improves Healthcare – Emphasizing the potential for universal access to health information, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, released the SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap: Improving Health in Our Communities. Developed in conjunction with New York State and with stakeholder input, the report highlights the significant progress already underway and details the vision for the next phase of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).

HEALTHeLINK (@HEALTHeLINK ) Hits 1 Million – HEALTHeLINK, Western NewYork’s HIE, has hit the 1 million goal of uniquely consented patients in Western New York. This encompasses all patients who completed a consent form whether providing or denying their consent. Check out their monthly newsletter The Link for this and more news from the HIE.

HEALTHeLINK Executive Director Dan Porreca elected chair of SHIEC board

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.

Navigating Complexity, Building Trust – Philanthropy Journal News speaks with President and CEO of Missouri Health Connection, Angie Bass and highlights how for MHC, “navigating the complexities of health record information and earning the public trust as a nonprofit organization go hand in hand.”


Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)

MI-MiHIN-200The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (@MiHIN) is Michigan’s initiative to continuously improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety by promoting secure, electronic exchange of health information through the MiHIN Health Information Services Cloud (HISC). MiHIN represents a growing network of public and private organizations working to overcome data sharing barriers, reduce costs, and ultimately advance the health of Michigan’s population.

Meet Tim Pletcher, Executive Director, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services – Tim Pletcher, Executive Director of MiHIN, was interviewed as part of a series that Chilmark Research conducted with Convergence speakers prior to the event. Tim was a featured panelist on the Data Governance panel of the Chilmark Convergence conference in Boston, Oct 4-6, where he spoke about how MiHIN is working with payers, providers and other stakeholders to improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety.

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.

Five Take Away Thoughts From the 2017 GLHC Summit Series – The last meeting of the 2017 GLHC Summit Series took place on October 4. The insights gained during the Summit help GLHC to better understand the needs of the healthcare community across the state. According to feedback from attendees, the Summit Series also has value in distilling some of the issues that are directly impacting the delivery of care. Marketing and Communications Manager, Brian Mack shares five common themes that surfaced from the Summit Series as a whole.

New Season New Connections – The pace of health information technology progress is aggressive. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of all the new things organizations are working on and completing. With the fall season upon us, Great Lakes Health Connect is proud to share some news about five of our solutions and the organizations that will be using them to enhance care and reduce costs.

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.

A Successful 2017 UHIN Annual HIT Conference – UNIN’s Annual HIT Conference was a big success and attendees garnered a vast amount of insight and knowledge from a variety of speakers and guests including Dr. Karen DeSalvo, former Asst. Secretary of Health and Human Services, along with Nick Bonvino, CEO of Greater Houston Healthconnect and Philip Beckett, PhD, Chief Expansion Technology Officer at HASA to name a few.

Texas – 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’s CIO, Phil Beckett shares lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey at Annual UNHIN HIT Conference

HIE Organizations Upcoming Events


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