State HIE News and Updates 1-27-17

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.

calindex-200California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX)

The California Integrated Data Exchange (@calindex) is an independent, nonprofit organization developing a statewide, next-generation health information exchange. Cal INDEX allows physicians, nurses and hospitals throughout the state to share patients’ health information and provides them with the tools to help them give their patients the safest, highest-quality care possible.

Cal INDEX and Inland Empire HIE will merge to form California’s largest health information exchange; former White House technology advisor named CEO – Cal INDEX and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange recently announced a planned merger that will create one of the nation’s most comprehensive nonprofit health information exchanges. Claudia Williams, former White House technology senior advisor, will lead the new organization as CEO, effective February 1, 2017. The merger, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017 and will operate as a tax-exempt public benefit corporation under a new name.

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.

The DHIN Dialogue Newsletter – There are a lot of great things happening at DHIN. Look no further than their January newsletter to find out about the latest and greatest at DHIN. From the launch of their HealthCheck Consumer Engagement Tools to the inaugural Delaware Healthcare Leadership Summit at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront as well as a few significant milestones from this month’s network and operations reports, DHIN is working hard to move things in the right direction.

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.

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

Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange (CORHIO)

CORHIO200CORHIO (@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.

CORHIO Meets Important Advanced Interoperability Milestone – CORHIO recently announced that an important milestone has been met in the Colorado Advanced Interoperability Initiative, with more than 500 providers participating in bidirectional exchange. A grant was awarded last year to Colorado Dept. of Health Policy & Financing from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. CORHIO, along with Quality Health Network on the western slope, were selected to provide HIE services for the program. By enabling bidirectional data exchange, where participants both receive and submit data into the HIE, the program seeks to improve transitions of care between ambulatory providers, behavioral health, and long-term and post-acute care organizations.

Colorado Pharmacists Using CORHIO HIE to Improve Patient Care – Pharmacists play a crucial role in patient care, yet are often “out of the loop” on health information exchange. In Colorado, most pharmacists do not have access to the CORHIO HIE network, and pharmacies are not submitting data for other community providers to access. This results in a potential gap in the care continuum. To address this gap, CORHIO and Telligen, a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for CMS, recently partnered for a year-long project to institute, test and measure pharmacist query of patient information in the CORHIO PatientCare 360 portal.

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

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 CEO hosts University of Vermont student for Jobshadow Day. What a great opportunity for both parties.

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

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.

3 Midwest Exchanges begin Sharing Patient Data – Three health information exchanges, Indiana Health Information Exchange, Michiana Health Information Network (@MHINute) and East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN), in the Midwest are exchanging patient data in a significant step forward to develop and test a Patient Centered Data Home that could serve as a model for exchanging data between HIEs nationwide. The initiative is part of a larger pilot funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to improve interoperability between HIEs. It’s the third and largest pilot for the Strategic HIE Collaborative (SHIEC), which is advancing the Patient Centered Data Home effort. Organizers believe the approach can eventually tie together the 48 HIEs that are members of SHIEC.

Coordinated Care Oklahoma


Coordinated Care Oklahoma (@CCOOklahoma) is the largest Health Information Network serving medical professionals in Oklahoma. It was founded to improve healthcare outcomes. CCO helps medical providers coordinate with other members of a patient’s healthcare team, by providing secure access to real-time, aggregated, complete medical records.

Coordinated Care Oklahoma to Dissolve – The Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma recently announced a plan for dissolution of the organization with the express interest of providing value to the healthcare marketplace, profitable growth for healthcare providers, and value for patients across the region. Since 2014 CCO has been a proud leader in the healthcare industry as one of the premier Health Information Exchanges (HIE’s) in the nation. However, in the interest of our state, providers, health systems and patients, CCO’s Board voted unanimously to dissolve the organization effective June 30, 2017.

HIE Organizations Upcoming Events


HASA 2017 Healthcare Data Reporting Conference 
What2017 HASA Data Reporting Conference 
When: January 17, 2017
Where: Pearl Studio, San Antonio, TX

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