State HIE News and Updates 6-2-16

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.

IHIE-200Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE)
Indiana 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. IHIE recently announced that Valita Fredland has been named Vice President, General Counsel and Privacy Officer. Prior to joining IHIE, Fredland was Chief Privacy Officer at one of the nation’s largest academic healthcare systems. She brings with her comprehensive experience in healthcare law, privacy, security and ethical considerations.

TX-ElPasoHIE-twitterTexas – Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange
The 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. The HIE is just starting out and was pleased to recently announce its first data exchange with The Hospitals of Providence.

VITL-twitterVermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
VITL (@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). The VITL board of directors recently elected Bruce D. Bullock, M.D. as the new board chairperson. Since September 2015 VITL has also welcomed four new board members: Michael Del Trecco, Representative Avram Patt, Richard Elmore and Jerry Ford. In addition, VITL recently named Robert Turnau as the new vice president of finance/chief financial officer, and Jonathan Knapp as security analyst. Prior to VITL, Turnau was the finance director at ReSOURCE, a Vermont nonprofit enterprise formerly known as Recycle North, and was responsible for the organization’s financial management and accounting. Knapp worked as an information technology consultant for a pediatrician’s office in South Burlington.

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.


AzHeC-200Arizona – 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.

Regional Behavioral Health Authorities Support Statewide HIE Integration Plan
The Network recently announced its collaboration with Arizona’s three regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs) that will connect behavioral health providers to the statewide network and integrate access to physical and behavioral health information into workflows and clinical decision
making. Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (@MercyMaricopa); Health Choice Integrated Care; and Cenpatico Integrated Care (@CenpaticoAZ have made a significant investment in the plan.

Arizona Health-e Connection Sole Recipient of National SAMHSA Funding
Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC) has been selected as the sole recipient of funding for the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Opioid Treatment Program
Service Continuity Project II (OTP SCP II). OTP SCP II will provide AzHeC $387,000 to build on the lessons learned from the 2015 OTP SCP I, the initial pilot program.

GLHC twitterMichigan – Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC)
Great 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.

Save the Date:
2016 Summit Series – Register today for these FREE events hosted by GLHC. Join healthcare thought leaders, medical practice staff, population health advocates, healthcare providers, and HIT professionals gathering to network and educate themselves about the value of health information exchange. [tweet_dis excerpt=”Register for free events hosted by @GLHC_HIE”]Tweet this[/tweet_dis]

  • The West Michigan Summit on Tuesday, August 16, Grand Rapids, MI at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College.
  • Detroit Area Summit on Tuesday, August 23, Dearborn MO at the Ford Conference and Events Center.