State HIE News and Updates (Special HIMSS17 Edition) 2-17-17

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.

himss17orlando-2002017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 19–23, 2017 in Orlando
Don’t miss the Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Reception being held on February 19, 2017 — 04:30PM EST – 05:30PM EST in the Tangerine Ballroom | Interoperability Showcase. Join the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community for a networking reception to meet other like-minded health IT and medical professionals and learn about the I&HIE Community’s opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, problem solving and education through this central convening point for Interoperability and HIE.


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 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase – The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase is a premier 34,000-sq-ft HIMSS experience that displays, in real time, the exchange and use of data through interoperability profiles and standards with live products currently in the marketplace. Visitors to the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase can take a tour of a variety of connected demonstrations highlighting the value of standards-based interoperability. HSX is sponsoring “On the Road to Cancer 2020,” where participants will follow a 33 year old girl to learn how she is treated for cancer in 2020.

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 is Hiring! – CliniSync continues to expand and is now hiring a CliniSync Support Agent and a CliniSync Interface Analyst. Visit the Clinisync website for more information about each of these positions and how to apply.


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 is Working to Spread the Word – DHIN recently ran not one but four ads on Super Bowl Sunday to promote and expand the adoption of health information technology and exchanges to different audiences, including consumers. DHIN it is using a portion of the two-year, $2.75 million matching grant it received from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. They have also recently expanded and given their website a face lift and are striving to build their presence on social media outlets.

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.

HealthLinkNY President and CEO Christina Galanis Co-Presenting at HIMSS17 – Christina Galanis (@healthlinkny) will be part of the session, Real vs. Perceived Views on Health Information Exchanges – An HIE Multi-Stakeholder Panel, during which she and her co-panelists will share reactions and commentary on newly released survey data from the HIMSS Interoperability and HIE Community on different organizations’ approaches to health information exchange. See time and location details below:
February 21, 2017 — 04:30PM EST – 05:30PM EST
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase
Exhibit Hall
Booth 9000

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.

Dr. Tim Pletcher, Executive Director of MiHIN, to present at HIMSS – In the highly-complex U.S. healthcare system, effective patient-centered care requires a clear understanding of which doctors, organizations and other care providers are actively involved in a patient’s care. Dr. Pletcher’s presentation, The Future of Attribution: Who is Treating your Patient?, explains the various current approaches for attributing patients to providers including some challenges presented by these approaches; explores the value of a robust, physician-centric approach to attribution; and discusses a consistent, shared process to communicate and track affiliations among a patient’s caregivers. See time and location details below.
February 23, 2017 — 10:30AM EST – 11:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Room: W304A

GA_DCH_Branding_JW4Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN)

Georgia Health Information Network (@GeorgiaHIE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a healthier Georgia by facilitating the use and secure exchange of electronic health information so providers have the information they need at the point of care. GaHIN’s two products, GeorgiaDirect and Georgia ConnectedCare, connect providers statewide and nationally and are free for credentialed, authorized Georgia users.

HealtHIE Georgia Joins GaHIN, the Statewide Health Information Exchange – GaHIN, announced that HealtHIE Georgia, an HIE serving rural Georgia healthcare providers, is now connected to its network, enabling greater access to electronic health information. During Phase One of the project, HealtHIE Georgia connected two hospitals, Dorminy Medical Center and Jeff Davis Hospital, and 20 clinics to GaHIN. Phase Two will add six more hospital facilities and numerous providers.

Dr. Denise W. Hines, Executive Director of GaHIN, to present at HIMSS – As a distinct profession with meaningful and well-paying careers, the health IT field has proven difficult for women to achieve pay equity with their male counterparts and secure positions at the highest levels. This session hosts lessons learned, experiences, and counsel from executives who champion women in the health IT field. Dr. Hines, Ruben Amarasingham, MBA, MD and Carla Smith, NCMN, FHIMSS offer insight during Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Lessons Learned for Aspiring Female Executives. See time and location details below.
February 20, 2017 — 10:30AM EST – 11:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
W320, Chapin Theater

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.

Great Lakes Health Connect and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health to Co-present at HIMSS – Bridging the gap between physical medicine and behavioral health medical provision continues to be challenging due to several regulations about what information can and cannot be shared. GLHC and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health have found a way to create a care-connected community that provides for two-way sharing of information that is improving quality of care, enhancing patient safety, and reducing costs in Washtenaw County (MI). This 60 minute presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges involved in integrating physical health data with the delivery of behavioral health services through the use of HIE technology. See time and location details below.
February 21, 2017 — 01:00PM EST – 02:00PM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Room: W207C

Lakeland Health and Great Lakes Health Connect Partner to Enhance Workflow for Immunization Record Queries – Lakeland Health System is the first hospital organization in Michigan to query patient immunization records held within the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) directly from their internal electronic medical record. GLHC has facilitated the electronic transport of immunization records to MCIR as a basic service to their participating providers for several years. GLHC has now given providers the ability to query a patient’s immunization records through their native electronic medical record environment.

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 is Hiring – VITL is one of the fastest growing health IT companies and industries in Vermont. Their mission is to build a connected network that informs health care decisions. Their talented team is making a difference in peoples’ lives and now you can too. Currently, there are four opportunities available with VITL: project manager, technical support specialist, technical support services manager and contracts administrator.

Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)

KS-KHINKHIN capitalizes on the unique strengths that local communities and regions bring to the HIE and ensure that individual regions or communities have the decision-making authority to address local or regional health-care initiatives.

Dr. Laura McCrary, Executive Director of the KHIN, to Present at HIMSS – Dr. McCrary and Brenda Olson, Vice President for Health Information Management at Great Plains Health Alliance, will lead a session at HIMSS17 entitled: Statewide Portal – Advantage for Patients and Providers. KHIN is a leader in developing and implementing a statewide patient portal tied to an HIE and their model has generated a great deal of national interest. KHIN connected the HIE to a statewide patient portal in January 2015 and is now able to send patients their care summaries from hospitals and clinics across the state. All of this and more will be discussed during the presentation. See time and location details below.
February 20, 2017 — 10:30AM EST – 11:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Tangerine Ballroom, F3

Arizona – AZ Health-eConnection (AZHeC)

AzHeC-200Operated by AzHeC (@azhec), The Network is Arizona’s non-profit statewide health information exchange (HIE) that enables improvements in care coordination and quality by electronically linking health care organizations across the state through a single connection and filling gaps in patient information.

New Governance & Support Structure: Nominations Are Open – Arizona’s healthcare market has seen a rapid rise in the use of health information technology solutions to meet the triple aim of better care, improved quality and lower costs. This includes participation in AzHeC, that saw growth of more than 225 percent in 2016. What this means for Arizona’s statewide health information exchange is an increased need for input, involvement and support. That is why the AzHeC Board is expanding its governance structure to now include three new advisory councils: a Data Governance Council, a Privacy & Security Council and a Clinical Advisory Council, which will all be standing councils reporting to the AzHeC Board of Directors.

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.

John Kansky and Keith Kelley Selected as Speakers for HIMSS17 – HIMSS has named John Kansky and Keith Kelley as speakers for the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. John Kansky is President and CEO and Keith Kelley is Vice President of Solution Delivery at the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Both are members of the Indiana chapter of HIMSS. The vision of improving health and healthcare with information technology has been the focus of HIMSS since its establishment in 1961. As a global voice, convener and thought leader, HIMSS advises stakeholders on IT best practices to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare.

Texas – Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange

TX-ElPasoHIE-twitterThe Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (@PdNHIE) is a non-profit organization formed to benefit and promote the health of the residents of El Paso County, Texas and surrounding communities.

PdNHIE Board Member, Nico Tejada, Wins ACHE Award – The American College of Healthcare Executives recently announced that Nicholas R. Tejeda, FACHE, is the recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year honors outstanding achievement in the field of healthcare management. The award is given to an exceptional healthcare executive who is younger than 40, is a Fellow of ACHE and holds a CEO or COO position in a healthcare organization. Tejeda, CEO, The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, El Paso, Texas, is responsible for the development of the nation’s newest teaching hospital, a collaboration with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, which opened Jan. 17, 2017. [tweet_dis excerpt=”Congrats @Thprovidence Transmountain CEO Nico Tejeda for receiving ACHE’s Young Healthcare Exec of the Year award”]Tweet This[/tweet_dis]

HIE Organizations Upcoming Events


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