Weekly HIE Rundown 8-26-13

HIE Weekly RundownHealth Information Exchange News

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.

Surescripts Adds 19 Healthcare Organizations to National Network

ARLINGTON, VA -Surescripts, the nation’s largest health information network, has expanded to connect an additional 19 state health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information service providers (HISPs), enabling clinical data to be shared electronically and facilitating improved care coordination among providers with access to Surescripts’ secure and integrated network services. Surescripts is a founding member of DirectTrust, an independent non-profit association whose mission is to develop and promote rules and best practices around security and trust in electronic health information exchange. Surescripts continues to support Direct and other security standards and initiatives to ensure accountability and trust in the electronic exchange of health information See the list and press release.

Prime Healthcare Services Joins Inland Empire HIE

RIVERSIDE, CA-Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) announced that it has formed a partnership with Prime Healthcare Services that will link patient health information to all of Prime HealthCare Services’ hospitals across the country. Prime HealthCare Services brings an additional twenty-three (23) Hospitals across five (5) states including fourteen (14) in California to IEHIE’s existing population of hospitals, providers and health plans. IEHIE offers an enhanced Health Information Exchange (HIE) service, which allows doctors, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare providers to electronically review and access medical records, resulting in timely, safer and improved quality of healthcare for patients, particularly those in underserved and disadvantaged populations.

More Than 1,000 Office-Based Providers Now Connected to CORHIO’s HIE

CORHIO reported in their newsletter, providers from all over Colorado are joining CORHIO’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) network to access patient clinical data from hospitals and labs. In addition to the 1,031 providers currently connected to the HIE, nearly 1,000 more are in the process of connecting. More than 71% of the office-based providers participating are physicians, though there are also Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Midwives also participating.

MidMichigan Health Partners with GLHIE for Technology Edge

LANSING, MI – Midland based, MidMichigan Health – recognized among the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals for embracing health information technology – is taking that commitment one-step further, as they partner with Great Lakes Health Information Exchange (GLHIE) to enable the real-time transfer of patient data to providers outside of their health care system. The need for patient information exchange to healthcare providers outside of the MidMichigan Health system was further realized with the strategic alliance with the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). UMHS already uses GLHIE technology to provide secure health information exchange as the only health system or hospital serving patients from every county in Michigan. Read the press release.

West Virginia hospitals go live with HIE

Healthcare IT News reported Five hospitals across West Virginia have recently signed on with the state’s health information network, bringing the total number of hospitals connected to nine. The five newest to go live with the HIE include: 189-bed Monongalia General Hospital; 25-bed Preston Memorial Hospital; 260-bed Thomas Memorial Hospital; 76-bed Grafton City Hospital and the 393-bed St. Mary’s Medical Center.

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