Weekly HIE Rundown 7-16-13

HIE Weekly RundownHIE Continues to Expand and Get Support

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.

States prepare for seamless exchange of health records after disasters

Ten state HIE programs have established infrastructure for secure exchange of health information. As part of an effort to help make sure their residents’ health information is available after a hurricane or other wide-spread disaster, four Gulf states have partnered with six states in the East and Midwest to help patients and providers access critical health information when they are unable to visit their regular doctors or hospitals. Working with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), health information exchange (HIE) programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia announced their partnership to allow for the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from their homes. Read the HHS Press Release.

Health IT Now Applauds Reps. Black and Honda for Their Commitment to Interoperability

WASHINGTON-July, Representative Diane Black (R-TN 6) and Representative Mike Honda (D-CA 17) sent a joint letter to CMS Administrator Tavenner and ONC Mostiashari voicing their support for the reduction of barriers to information sharing through electronic health records. Read the letter.

Alere Accountable Care Solutions to Provide Health Information Network to Children’s Care Alliance for Underserved Children

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA, July – Innovative technology to give clinicians quick access to healthcare information. The Children’s Care Alliance (CCA) is working closely with Alere Accountable Care Solutions (ACS) to create a health information exchange (HIE) for underserved children in the Lehigh Valley area of northeastern Pennsylvania. Backed by the support of the business community, the HIE represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between healthcare organizations and the education community and is poised to move toward improving the healthcare of children in the region. Read the press release.

Kindred Healthcare selects Allscripts dbMotion to Fulfill “Continue the Care” Vision from Hospital to Home

CHICAGO, IL, July – Kindred to use dbMotion to coordinate care across three business units in more than 40 states. Kindred Healthcare, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, KY, has selected the dbMotion interoperability platform to share patient information throughout the entire care episode from hospital to home fulfilling the Patient-Centered Care Model for Kindred’s “Continue the Care” vision. “Allscripts is providing Kindred with a solution that will help enable the organization to better manage patient care across its sites and business units,” said Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “This technology will give Kindred’s caregivers access to enhanced analytics, allowing them to provide more effective and efficient care for the communities it serves.” Read the press release.