State HIE News and Updates 3-23-16

networks-200Statewide 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. Here are updates being reported from these organizations.

CEO Dave Watson of Cal INDEX (@CalINDEX) will address interoperability at iHT² Health IT Summit in San Francisco, April 5-6, 2016 (#iHT2). Watson was invited to join a panel of industry experts for a discussion titled, “Interoperability: How Close are We?” to be held from 2:30-3:20 p.m. PT on Tuesday, April 5. Watson, along with fellow panelists David Avrin, MD, PhD of the University of California, San Francisco and Bill Beighe, CIO of the Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Health Information Exchange, will discuss the current state of interoperability and where the industry is in terms of the ONC’s 10-year Interoperability Roadmap.

Maryland & the District of Columbia – CRISP
eHealth Technologies Empowers Imaging Interoperability for CRISP – eHealth Technologies (@eHealthTec), a provider of image-enabled Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions and Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) (@CRISPhealth), a regional HIE serving the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia, announced they have successfully begun the implementation of eHealth Connect® Image Exchange across the state of Maryland.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: HSX HealthShare Exchange
Papal Visit Prompts Advanced Testing in Regional/Int’l Exchange, and Use, of Individual Patient Health Information – In preparation for the papal visit, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSX) (@HealthShareExchled a project to open gateways for clinical information transfer with partners in Italy and Canada, using mock patient data. The global exchange effort takes advantage of the same technical standards needed to enable this type of information sharing across the state of Pennsylvania and at a national level in the U.S.

Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority
Kay Shaffer has been appointed Certification, Compliance, and Privacy Officer for the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority (@PAeHealth). Shaffer previously served as the Authority’s P3N System and Certification Manager.

Great Lakes Health Connect – GLHC
Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids has agreed to sign on with Great Lakes Health Connect (@GLHC_HIE), Michigan’s largest health information exchange. Clark represents the first continuing care retirement community in Michigan to contribute patient data to GLHC’s secure Virtual Integrated Patient Record (VIPR). Through this collaboration, Clark will contribute data and have access to the 6.5 million records in GLHC’s VIPR.

Vermont Health Information Exchange – VITL
VITL Partners with UVMMC for CCD Project – The University of Vermont Medical Center (@UVMMedCenter) CCD query project was a combined effort between Vermont Information Technology Leaders (@VITLVT) and UVMMC staff, to create a new technical method for getting a patient’s Continuity of Care Document (CCD) from the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system into the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE), by using Admit, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) messages. The ADT messages will be used as a trigger to query for CCDs in the EHR when a patient is admitted, transferred or discharged from the hospital.