State HIE News and Updates 2-23-18

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.

Interoperability at HIMSS
HIMSS 2018 in Las Vegas, March 5-9 will have plenty to see, learn, and experience when it comes to health information exchange and interoperability. Here are some highlights to consider.

  • HIMSS/SHIEC Interoperability & HIE Symposium: Facilitating Person-Centered Interoperable HIE to Manage Complex Populations – Patients’ lives, the health and security of our nation’s citizens, and the health of the US economy are – in part – reliant on ensuring the right people have the right access to the right health information at the right time. While we have made great strides over the past generation, seamless, secure, nationwide interoperable health information exchange continues to elude us. Although there have been major investments and policies designed to drive standards development, interoperability, and health information exchange, significant barriers and challenges exist. Explore how points of leverage in technology and policy can be used to exploit market-based solutions to this dilemma. A particular focus is current solutions to the requirements of serving complex patients in the context of population health management and new reimbursement models. Because semantic interoperability is not the norm, challenge today’s proven solutions and frameworks, and explore cutting-edge ideas in interoperability that will transform the exchange of health information. Is the future of healthcare destined to be incremental or will innovation and economics drive a great leap forward? Take a closer look at the interaction of technologies with policies, payment reform, emerging standards, and use cases that are furthering our progress toward true healthcare transformation in an interoperable world.
  • Interoperability Showcase Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Hour – The I&HIE community serves as the central convening point for interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) professionals to promote meaningful education and thought leadership in the health IT industry. We connect professionals committed to transforming health through standards-based interoperability and HIE, with opportunities for networking with peers, sharing ideas, learning best practices, and leveraging collaborative opportunities. What is the HIMSS Interop Showcase? Discover the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase – encompassing over 30,000 sq feet where 80+ organizations demonstrate in real time 120+ interoperable systems. Learn more about innovative solutions as you interact with stakeholders, vendors, exchange ideas and best practices with interoperability subject matter experts. Schedule your visit on the HIMSS18 mobile app today.
  • Follow these hashtags during the show, #Connect2Health and #EmpowerHIT
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.

HIMSS18 HIE Presentation with Carol Robinson of Making Choices Michigan and Doug Dietzman of GLHC, Expanding Access to Advance Care Plans with HIE – Making Choices Michigan partnered with GLHC to upload Advance Directives into an individual’s Virtual Integrated Patient Record (VIPR). This session will identify the opportunities and challenges in launching a community-based approach to Advance Care Planning, and the value of HIE for storage and retrieval of AD information.

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.

Hear CORHIO and Others at HIMSS:

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’s Jeffrey Gordon, MD explains how CTHealthLink Infrastructure will support NIH Suicide Prevention Grant – Citizen Tribune reports a study that will incorporate centralized patient information is planned to identify the factors leading to suicide and to help prevent those unfortunate deaths. The data will come from CTHealthLink which will collect information gleaned from patients’ visits to their doctors, psychotherapists and hospital emergency departments. Until now, health care providers’ electronic medical records systems have not been able to communicate with each other.

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.

NeHII is Looking For a New CEO – NeHII is looking for a Chief Executive Officer who is a self-starter with extraordinary interpersonal skills who can prioritize and complete tasks to deliver desired outcomes in a timely manner. The successful candidate will be optimistic and versatile in a position that requires frequent change and flexibility. If you are practical, results-oriented, enjoy working remotely, and value intellectual growth opportunities than this might be the opportunity you are looking for.

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.

Health Current is Hiring – Health Current is looking for dynamic people to join their team.

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 Latest Numbers:

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.

Congratulations, HealthShare Exchange for achieving HITRUST CSF® certification:

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 Dialogue February 2018 – Find out what’s happening within the DHIN organization in their February Newsletter.

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.

Independent Care Health Plan of Wisconsin Joins WISHIN:

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).

State pushes for health information exchange improvements – The Vermont Digger reports that a few months after receiving a scathing report about Vermont’s health information exchange network, state officials have begun taking steps to improve the system. The Department of Vermont Health Access and VITL are working together on short- and long-term fixes designed to make the patient record database more usable and sustainable. Those efforts are already showing some success, as officials are reporting an uptick in the number of patient records in the system.

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.

MiHIN is Hiring and Looking for Interns – Do you want to make a positive impact in healthcare? Are you looking for a job in a stimulating work environment with flexible/virtual work arrangements? Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is always interested in adding talented people to our team!

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.

SA groups launch pilot project linking social factors with patient records – Two San Antonio organizations have teamed to launch a first-of-its-kind project that will enable medical professionals to better understand how socioeconomic factors affect patient health. Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc., the nonprofit owner of San Antonio’s Methodist Healthcare System, is teaming with HASA — the health information exchange, or HIE, for the Alamo City and other parts of the state — on a pilot program seeking to link social determinants of health to patient clinical information.


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 is Hiring – UHIN is a fun, engaging place to work. Driven by our core values of Service, Integrity, Relationships and Transparency, we strive every day to positively impact healthcare through reduced costs, improved quality, and better results by fostering data-driven decisions. With a sense of purpose, commitment and optimism, our team members are diverse and supportive of one another. Interested candidates for any open position should complete the UHIN Employment Application and send it, along with a current resume, to Sandy Porter.

HIE Organizations Upcoming Events


UHIN 2018 Provider Education Summit (@UHIN_HIE)
What2018 Provider Education Summit 
When: March 21, 27, 28, April 11, 2018
Where: Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and St. George

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


Consult our Events Calendar for  a schedule of upcoming health IT events and webinars.