Health Information Exchange (HIE)

The development of secure health information exchange between healthcare providers is a nationwide initiative and has been touted as a high priority in order to improve the continuity and quality of care for patients. Providers are required to achieve secure HIE in order to achieve "meaningful use," and qualify for health IT incentives set up by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. On September 28, 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT completed its selection of 62 Regional Extension Centers across the United States -- a major component in HIE development.

 

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For the moment, at least, it seems Stage 2 meaningful use is just too difficult for most hospitals and practices to manage. With attestation numbers disappointingly low through the first half of 2014, can we expect to see an appreciable uptick in success stories by the end of the year? One observer's opinion: "probably not."
August 4, 2014
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A new state health information exchange has officially signed on with the eHealth Exchange, bringing an additional 16 million patient records into the national HIE pool.
July 28, 2014
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Investors such as Mayo Clinic, Rush University Medical Center and more are backing DICOM Grid, which develops a cloud-based platform for medical image management.
July 18, 2014
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Massachusetts healthcare providers are adopting health information technology and health data exchange and drawing consumer support for going digital, according to a new study from Massachusetts eHealth Institute.
July 18, 2014
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On paper, it sounds easy. Eligible hospitals that refer patients to another care setting must electronically transmit "a summary of care record for more than 10 percent of such transitions and referrals." One hospital's experience shows it's harder than it might look.
July 9, 2014
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Darrel Whitmill, RN, manager of physician informatics and meaningful use at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tenn., wanted to beat the rush to Stage 2 meaningful use attestation, and he did.
July 7, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a three-year, $162 million contract for upgrades to its VistA electronic health record. The announcement comes just as government officials assert in a news release Thursday that the multi-billion dollar acquisition to modernize the Department of Defense electronic health record is on track.
July 4, 2014
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While a key provision of the 2009 HITECH Act was to spur health data exchange within and outside hospitals, only 30 percent of U.S. hospitals are part of a health information exchange today.
July 2, 2014
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CommonWell Health Alliance, the IT trade association working to drive data liquidity among its members, has signed on two new vendors -- branching into post-acute care and making a pivot toward Apple users.
July 1, 2014
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Another group of health IT powerhouses is joining forces to compete with Epic and IBM for the Department of Defense's lucrative $11 billion system modernization contract.
June 26, 2014
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Sutter Health executives say its health information exchange will enable doctors and hospitals -- inside and outside its network of care -- to securely share clinical information. The organization sees it as a game changer, one that will boost care coordination and clinical quality across Northern California.
June 25, 2014
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Politics and poor management led to the breakdown of the government's health insurance website HealthCare.gov during its launch and in subsequent weeks, a new Senate report concludes.
June 23, 2014
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To create truly engaged communities of care, you must do more than implement a patient portal. By elevating your patient portal to a platform, you create a vehicle that connects patients, physicians and all stakeholders across the care continuum. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult (or costly) as you might think. Change the way you think about patient portals.
March 12, 2014
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For health insurers, data integrity and visibility are key to successful integration with the Federal Marketplace. However, complex processes and trivial errors can lead to data gaps that impact revenue, profitability and member satisfaction. Adopting a standarized approach to data integrity early in the process is critical to succesfully adapting to the technologies and processes of the Affordable Care Act.
March 11, 2014
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It’s time for leaders to realize that the move to the new ICD-10 coding system presents a significant opportunity to optimize their organization’s performance — both clinically and financially. Doing so means seeing the upside when selecting and/or implementing information systems that can support ICD-10, understanding the inherent advantages associated with the new coding system, and developing and implementing a strategic plan that enables your organization to optimize performance under the new coding system. By taking this approach, healthcare provider organizations will be ready for ICD-10 and, perhaps more important, be positioned to succeed under the new system in the months and years ahead.
March 4, 2014
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Waco Surgical Group had been performing billing in-house since 1952, and its staff was certain that no third party could do it better. Then its team realized the need to explore options due to two events: the looming transition to ICD-10 and its nearly 69,000 new billing codes. With revenue cycle management now delivered as a managed service, Waco Surgical Group is realizing multiple benefits, including some its team hadn’t anticipated.
March 4, 2014
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By tightly integrating electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management (RCM) systems in a clinically driven RCM model, provider organizations can realize tremendous gains in financial performance by optimizing revenue streams directly at the point of care, maximizing and speeding reimbursement, minimizing denials and streamlining the collection process.
March 4, 2014
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Hospitals can navigate complexities of HIE with the help of firms that have experience and knowledge of privacy law and disclosure policies
January 15, 2014
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The goal of healthcare reform is to deliver high-quality care and improve clinical outcomes in a cost-effective way. To achieve this goal, the U.S. healthcare system must focus on providing care that covers the entire continuum – from acute-care and ambulatory facilities to the home and the community. Providing connected care in an ecosystem that essentially reaches across myriad enterprises requires leveraging health information technology systems, such as electronic health records, and interoperability of those systems in order for all relevant caregivers to share patient information in real time and make the most appropriate clinical decisions. In this white paper, featuring results from a HIMSS Media survey, you'll learn how to leverage healthcare IT tro achieve connected care and healthcare reform.
December 2, 2013
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Clinical data integration is both costly and time consuming. Because of this, ensuring your health system is fully prepared to make the most of clinical data is essential. Clinical Data Integration: From Challenges to Opportunities explores the fundamental building blocks and processes necessary for health systems to successfully achieve clinical data integration, and use it as a first step toward value-based care and achieving the Triple Aim Plus One: improved cost, quality and patient plus physician satisfaction.
September 4, 2013
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Patient engagement and electronic HIE are the game changers of Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, which were designed to further expand the meaningful use of certified EHR technology. For patient engagement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added two core objectives – providing patients with online access to health information and providing secure messaging between patient and provider. This white paper highlights results from a study conducted by IDR Medical GmbH that surveyed 1,000 U.S.-based patients regarding their attitude toward patient portal technologies. Find out why the results show strong validation for imaging portal demand and need.
August 28, 2013
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Reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations by identifying risk factors using advance analytics; improving discharge planning by including the patient, family and care team via live multipoint video; virtualizing case management for better transitions of care and medication management; boosting patient compliance using video enabled tablets for post discharge follow up visits.
June 21, 2013
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Cost effective high quality care requires new analytical, case management and collaboration solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Learn how to reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations, collaborate across healthcare organizations for better case management and impact on population health, coordinate care from hospital to long term care to the home for better outcomes, reach out to populations at risk for a healthier future at reduced cost, and explore how collaborative video solutions and analytics from Polycom and IBM can keep your patients well.
June 4, 2013
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Hospitals and health systems have invested significant funds and other resources to meet numerous strategic enterprise initiatives such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, HIPAA requirements, whether to join or form an ACO, and others. Executives from four major health systems came together for a roundtable discussion on how employing an integrated strategy has helped them overcome challenges and achieve goals. <br> </br> Learn how leading healthcare organizations are:<br> </br> • Educating stakeholders on the ultimate benefits of the initiatives<br> • Adopting methodologies that streamline workflows and reduce costs<br> • Sharing information and promoting best practices across the enterprise<br> • Avoiding initiatives being deployed in silos<br> • Knowing when to partner with trusted organizations to achieve initiatives more rapidly and efficiently<br>
April 30, 2013
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Care coordination requires a mix of advanced, integrated solutions; including EHRs, automated prescription and lab ordering tools, online documentation and billing processes and clinical decision support technologies working in harmony to share information throughout the enterprise.
November 18, 2013
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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, I've thought about the months ahead and the major challenges I'll face.
September 5, 2013
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Cat and dog owners know that pets that chase their tails will eventually catch them – but they won’t stay caught for long. Healthcare providers who manage the exchange of health information understand the feeling.
July 31, 2013
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To reduce overall healthcare spending, it’s important to examine areas of waste within healthcare transactions, and the ways to reduce or eliminate inefficiencies, streamline revenue cycle management and improve the patient experience.
July 29, 2013
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There has been some buzz lately about how interoperability is a non-issue. I beg to differ. With increasing pressure from federal initiatives like Meaningful Use Stage 2, there is growing need for information exchange across the industry.
June 13, 2013
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The title sounds all sunshine and daffodils, doesn’t it? Create your mission in health IT, how cute. But let’s deal with reality: very few people in health IT have the ability to introduce the sunny concept of a mission into their work lives.
May 30, 2013
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Last year, ONC issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather public input on a potential regulatory approach that would have spelled out “conditions for trusted exchange” (safeguards, technical, and business practice) through rulemaking, and establish a voluntary accreditation and certification process for validating organizations as being legitimate participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).
May 7, 2013
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In the next few weeks, BIDMC will begin sending 50,000 patient encounter records per week through the state HIE (the MassHIWay) to our quality measurement service operated by the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.
April 10, 2013
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Anyone who understands the importance of continuity of care knows that health information exchange is essential. How are we supposed to cut waste and duplication from the healthcare system and truly focus on patient welfare if doctor B has no idea what tests doctor A conducted, or what the results were?
February 14, 2013
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The Standards and Policy Committees met on Jan. 29 in Washington in joint session to take testimony from expert stakeholders about health information exchange.
January 30, 2013
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Today, as in last year’s New Year blog post, I will share with you a few of the ways in which ONC has interacted with you to meet its mission and mandate over the past year.
January 23, 2013
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It's the time of year that many writers reflect on the major events of the past 365 days. I'll let the journalists cover the impact of the election, the epidemic of senseless violence, and the scandals of infidelity. To me, there were 5 major healthcare IT events in 2012 that we need to recognize and celebrate.
January 3, 2013
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Cognosante, a provider of IT services for healthcare organizations, announced it was awarded a contract from Orion Health to provide integration and identity management for the first phase of the Massachusetts Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) program.
October 2, 2012
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In the year since the first NYeC gala, there have been revolutionary advancements in health IT throughout New York and across the nation. On Monday, October 15th, five champions of health IT will be highlighted at the second gala and award ceremony.
September 28, 2012
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Sandlot Solutions, a leading healthcare information technology company, recently released The New Model of Health Information Exchanges: Using Data and Analytics to Improve Health Care Delivery, an industry report highlighting the evolution of health information exchange (HIE) and how advancements such as digital envelope technology drive new functionalities and capabilities. Fourth-generation HIEs extend beyond the simple exchange of patient records to the meaningful use of data for the delivery and coordination of care at the individual and community levels.
September 27, 2012
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Aetna and Hunterdon HealthCare Partners have announced a new accountable care agreement that will improve the quality and cost of patient care, helping members and plan sponsors save money.
July 19, 2012
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University Health System, the lead trauma center for South Texas, will use Allscripts Community Record, powered by dbMotion, to share patient data with its facilities and the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center San Antonio. The Allscripts solution will help provide a single patient record for the many physicians and patients who use both facilities.
March 8, 2012
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Lawson Software, an Infor affiliate, today announced that Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) has successfully expanded its use of Lawson Cloverleaf® Hosted Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE). STHL is a non-profit regional health information exchange organization (RHIO) in central New York.
January 9, 2012
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It used to be that sharing healthcare data amounted to patients taking paper copies of laboratory and radiology reports, medication histories, past diagnoses and immunizations from one doctor to another or relying on busy medical staff to fax records.
January 5, 2012
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Community Health Alliance, Inc. (CHA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the Virginia Department of Health for the Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). Specific services to be provided by CHA include establishing a Statewide HIE governance structure, creating and staffing the Statewide HIE organization, implementing the technical infrastructure, and managing the Statewide HIE’s operations on an ongoing basis.
October 26, 2011
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Healthcare Management Systems Inc.® (HMS) today announced that long-time customer Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center recently became one of the first hospitals to share clinical data with the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE). The hospital in Mt. Vernon, Ky., is using the HMS Connex interoperability platform to securely exchange Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) with KHIE and is actively using those CCDs to make more informed patient-care decisions.
October 7, 2011
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware (BCBSD) has chosen NaviNet as its internet portal for healthcare provider communications. By using NaviNet, BCBSD providers will be able to electronically exchange real-time practice information, including eligibility/benefits, claims status inquiries and authorizations. In addition, providers will have access to a comprehensive online resource center containing policy information.
September 21, 2011
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Jersey Health Connect, the Northern and Central New Jersey Health Information Exchange, has chosen RelayHealth to provide secure health information exchange (HIE) technology to improve care coordination across competitive organizations, to provide eligible providers the tools they need to demonstrate meaningful use in pursuit of incentives, and to enhance care collaboration for the health of the patients and communities the health information exchange serves.
September 16, 2011
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Imprivata®, Inc., and PhoneFactor today announced a reseller partnership to provide phone-based authentication services to Imprivata customers. The partnership builds upon existing technology integration between the two platforms, creating a joint solution that is offered along with Imprivata OneSign® , an award-winning authentication and access management platform, and OneSign Anywhere™, which extends the benefits of OneSign to remote & mobile workers from a variety of endpoint devices. Leading healthcare organizations such as OhioHealth and EMH Healthcare have deployed the joint solution to provide physicians and nurses with the convenience of authenticating via their phones to access Protected Health Information (PHI).
September 15, 2011
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