Weekly HIE Rundown 5-29-13

HIE Weekly Rundown

Health Information Exchange (HIE) is happening every minute of every day. Your personal health information is moving and being viewed to improve the quality of your healthcare and lower the costs. The job will not be complete until all health records are digital and interoperable. Here’s what’s happening to make that reality.

Methodist Health System Among First on NTAHP Health Information Exchange
Dallas, TX- May 2013- One of the goals of technology advancements in health care is the ability to exchange health information electronically to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Dallas-based Methodist Health System is among the first area organizations to participate in The North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership (NTAHP) secure health information exchange (HIE) to do just that. The NTAHP HIE, one of 12 State-designated HIE entities, is designed to improve the delivery of patient care through secure, electronic exchanges to improve communication between participating organizations and providers. Read the press release.

Georgia Health Information Exchange Inc. Announces Name Change to Georgia Health Information Network

Atlanta, GA – May 2013 – New name reflects connecting a network of networks in Georgia. The Georgia Health Information Exchange Inc. (GHIE) announced it has completed its name change to the Georgia Health Information Network Inc. (GaHIN). The new name encompasses the robust set of health information products and services offered by “the Network.” The Georgia Health Information Network connects Georgia hospitals, physicians and many other clinicians by way of a comprehensive network of secure health data sources – giving authorized providers the ability to access a more complete view of their patients’ health records. Read the press release.

All Maine Hospitals Under Contract to Connect to HealthInfoNet HIE

Portland, ME – May 2013 – HealthInfoNet, a Maine not for profit that operates the statewide health information exchange (HIE),  announced that all acute care hospitals are now under contract to connect to the query-based HIE. HealthInfoNet has 34 of the 38 hospitals connected already and expects the remaining four hospitals to connect by the end of the year. This will make Maine one of few States in the country to have all of its hospitals connected to a query-based HIE. Read the news release.

Kansas Health Institute adding Safety-net Providers to their HIE

Merriam, KS – May 2013 – The KHI News Service reported that the REACH Healthcare Foundation is giving initial assiatance to more than a dozen safety-net medical providers in Johnson and Wyandotte counties have started working to improve care coordination by sharing patient records electronically. Organizers have hired BluePrint Healthcare IT, of Cranbury, NJ, as a consultant on the pilot project. Read the News article.