State HIE News and Updates 5-19-16

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.

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). In their news, Justin Zellem was recently appointed as their new systems administrator for Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (@VITLVT). After working in the information technology field for 15 years, Zellem joined VITL and is now responsible for providing technical, operational, security and customer support for VITL systems and networks.

Save the Date:
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. is hosting Summit ’16: Navigating the Health IT Landscape this coming October 5th and 6th. This two day summit is one of New England’s top conferences for the health information industry. Health care reform is reshaping every facet of the system nationally and locally. VITL understands the challenges of these changes and this conference will offer opportunities to engage with leaders, experts and peers around health information technology tools, resources, best practices and frameworks as instruments for successfully navigating change. Summit ’16 will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

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. In Missouri government news, Governor Jeremiah Nixon recently vetoed $500,000 from the Department of Social Services for “funding connections” between DSS and the Missouri Health Connection. Nixon said, “The language added places conditions on health information exchange services that would unfairly exempt select providers from the requirement to pay for such services as called for under existing contracts.” Missouri Health Connection (MHC) strongly supports the Governor’s veto action since the budget was inappropriately and unconstitutionally manipulated as a result of special interests that are working to hinder and fragment the adoption of health information exchange (HIE) in Missouri.

Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange (CORHIO)
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. MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, Ultrasounds, and other diagnostic imaging tests performed by Health Images, along with its sister center Colorado Springs Imaging, will now be made readily available to Colorado providers through CORHIO’s PatientCare 360® portal.  Twelve Colorado Imaging Centers are now connected to CORHIO Health Information Exchange (@CORHIO). Health Images has enabled better coordinated care for Colorado patients and this marks the first imaging center connection to the HIE.

Utah Health Information Network (UHIN)
UT-UHIN-200UHIN (#UHIN) 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. In the news, President and CEO, Teresa Rivera, was recently named one of the most powerful women in health IT by Health Data Management magazine. HDM is honoring 75 women leaders in healthcare IT, including Provider/Payer Executives, CIOs-IT Execs, and Thought Leaders. Ms. Rivera was named to the Provider/Payer Executives list.

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. In the news, FoxFire Systems Group announced that the Kansas Health Information Network interface within FoxFire EHR is officially live. After wrapping up the phases of development and testing, FoxFire launched the KHIN interface, making it available for current clients. FoxFire is the first EHR provider in the eye care industry to do so. Providers in the state of Kansas can now utilize KHIN to exchange information across the state and better manage their patients’ care.

Arizona – AZ Health-eConnection (AZHeC)
Operated 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. A year since the launch of their Mirth platform, operations numbers show The Network to be one of the fastest growing networks in the country. The Network is reporting 105 active participants and over 35,000 ADT transactions. Check out more of The Network by the Numbers:

Learn more about participation in the Network by attending one of their webinars. Next one is May 19th.