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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Despite new data suggesting that only "low quality" and insufficient evidence exists for the costs savings and improved outcomes case for health information exchanges, new analysis focused on HIEs' relationship to repeat imaging may turn that on its head.
January 15, 2015
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Cleveland Clinic will join forces with five other Ohio-based health systems to form the Midwest Health Collaborative, which covers 40 hospitals and hundreds of ambulatory sites across the state and will focus on supply chain and costs initiatives, including moving toward innovative payment models.
January 14, 2015
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Improving the health of populations is a challenging goal -- but one that could have some far-reaching positive impacts. Untangling issues around interoperability and data liquidity -- whether it's EHR vendors who don't play ball or privacy laws that hamstring well-meaning pop health initiatives -- will be key to making it happen.
January 14, 2015
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"I don't think I've been to a health system or even a country in the last couple of years where the Triple Aim isn't in the mission or in the strategic plan," says Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Those strategies are starting show results when it comes to quality and safety.
January 12, 2015
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Knowledge is power. The folks who run Maine's statewide HIE have always been keenly aware of this adage -- focused not merely on delivering information, but on putting the vast data they collect to work helping providers give the best care. Now they plan to expand this sustainability model to other HIEs.
January 7, 2015
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While "persistent challenges and barriers" related to infrastructure and funding continue to vex state health information exchanges, there's still ample need for their services and plenty of opportunity at the state and federal levels to keep supporting them, according to a new report presented to ONC.
January 2, 2015
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Reggio Emilia Hospital was faced with a challenge. Although the 900-bed acute care hospital has a picture archiving and communication system, electronic health record and computerized physician order entry, it needed a final element: an integrated clinical image repository and distribution system.
December 23, 2014
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A physicians network in the Mid-Atlantic has been awarded the highest level of electronic medical record adoption, joining the only 6 percent of all ambulatory clinics that have achieved this status.
December 22, 2014
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The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative is a new national trade organization of HIEs, banding together to gain economies of scale, drive financial sustainability and raise awareness among healthcare organizations and legislators.
December 17, 2014
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As the deadly Ebola virus made landfall in the U.S. for the first time in 2014, it raised a host of questions about electronic health records, provider workflow and the readiness of the country’s IT infrastructure to deal with a potential outbreak.
December 12, 2014
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Each month in this space, we speak to HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President Hoyt and HIMSS Analytics Senior Director of Research Jennifer Horowitz to get their perspective on provider uptake of health IT. From basic EHRs to advanced clinical and business analytics, the industry has made huge strides in the past five years or so, and this most recent year was as eventful as any.
December 12, 2014
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Montefiore Medical Center delivers care to some 2 million people in the Bronx and beyond, and has been a longtime leader in population health initiatives. But one of the "basic challenges that we face," says Jack Wolf, Montefiore's chief information officer, "is the lack of a unique patient identifier."
December 11, 2014
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Box brings disparate parties together across the healthcare continuum to better collaborate, share data, and improve care delivery. Box serves providers, payors and life science companies around the world to: - Improve Care Coordination: Box helps coordinate care between doctors and care teams inside and outside of a healthcare organization by streamlining the secure sharing of administrative and patient information. - Mobile Access and HIPAA Security: Provides doctors, researchers, and administrators with a quick way to securely share files that may contain Protected Health Information (PHI) in them. - Accelerate Research: Box allows for secure collaboration across multiple departments inside your organization as well as with outside contracted research partners. - Enhance Sales Productivity: When selling to clinical customers, Box can enhances your sales productivity by making regulated sales and training materials available in real-time to sales reps out in the field.
October 31, 2014
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September 22, 2014
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September 22, 2014
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Examine the total economic impact that you can realize by using Dell™ Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC). Discover how Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) achieved clinical efficiency, data security and IT productivity by implementing Dell MCC.
September 22, 2014
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Vendor Neutral Archives are giving PACS owners a direct path to image ownership. Outpacing PACS deployments by 5x, Vendor Neutral Archives are "unPACing" imaging archives at record rates. If you are considering a VNA solution or you want to understand how a VNA will support your enterprise image management strategy, read The VNA Guide. Learn why PACS "deconstruction" is giving way to VNA growth and know what to look for in your enterprise image management solution.
September 15, 2014
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Analysts are predicting a 25% year-over-year growth in VNA adoption. Some reports forecast an evolutionary shift from proprietary PACS archives to architecture-neutral VNA solutions. Healthcare business considerations for a move to VNA include: EMR adoption, new industry regulations, market consolidation, and "big data" management. Find out why CIOs are deploying VNAs as part of their enterprise image management strategy and why now is the time to "unPAC" your image archives.
September 15, 2014
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Universal, zero-footprint viewers help clinicians streamline diagnosis, improve result turnaround time and facilitate communication and sharing with patients. How "universal" must these viewers be to truly deliver on their promises? Here are five key criteria to look for before deploying a universal, zero-footprint viewer.
September 15, 2014
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Imaging informatics, one of healthcare IT's fastest growing segments, is poised for explosive change. Demand for anytime, anywhere access to complete patient information, including imaging, is on the rise. Learn how today's CIOs are breaking down barriers in imaging informatics to deliver vital patient care records where and when needed while reducing costs, improving diagnostic efficiency, and addressing Meaningful Use Stage 2 directives.
September 15, 2014
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It’s time to adopt a new vision for an enterprise imaging strategy that focuses on providing electronic access to any medical image, anywhere, anytime. Current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians are driving the need for this new paradigm of image sharing. The right strategy aligns with your business needs, integrates with your existing EHR and PACS, and incorporates three critical components discussed in this white paper.
July 1, 2014
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Much of the news surrounding healthcare in recent years has centered on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which radically changes the way healthcare is provided to millions of Americans. Care providers, compliance officers, and legal departments are all too aware that the ACA is only the latest in a series of legislation and regulations to affect the healthcare industry over the past 20 years. Read this white paper and learn how affordable software tools now exist in order to conduct remote investigations quickly without paying a third-party service provider. In addition, you’ll learn how for many mid-sized organization in and around the healthcare industry, these investigations are slow and costly.
June 16, 2014
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HIPAA-compliant hosting can help healthcare organizations address issues in the areas of cost containment, cost predictability, rapid application rollout and expertise utilization. Any healthcare-related organization, including Business Associates of HIPAA Covered Entities, should consider the use of a well-qualified cloud provider that can host patient portals, health information exchanges, email and other services that healthcare organizations must manage. This white paper addresses some of the key issues in healthcare management and how a well-qualified, compliant hosting provider can help organizations to reduce costs and better meet their obligations. Understand the key focus areas on fulfilling Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, managing medical image archives, enabling application decommissioning, implementing Disaster Recovery for EHR and EMR, and HIPAA-Compliant Hosting.
May 16, 2014
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While the challenges faced by CIOs, CIMOs, and other healthcare professionals are many and varied, this white paper focuses on solutions to a range of problems associated with improving documentation to address converging demands such as ICD-10 compliance, ACO participation and Accountable Care rollout. Learn how the M*Modal clinical intelligence foundational platform is designed specifically to address these issues. It underpins all M*Modal solutions and leverages Natural Language Understanding technology to drive clinical tasks and workflows.
April 1, 2014
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As the year drew to a close, I was interviewed by many trade publications about the key themes that shaped 2013. Here's my own version of the notable events of 2013.
January 2, 2014
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Making predictions for the coming year is almost a rite of passage for any self-respecting analyst firm and what the heck, from our vantage point, we may have a slightly better view into the future than most.
December 31, 2013
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The healthcare system is moving away from fee-for-service models that reward fragmented care toward fee-for-value models that reward a more holistic continuum of care. But many organizations lack the care coordination software to succeed in this new environment.
December 20, 2013
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A major challenge healthcare organizations face is choosing health information technology solutions that place clinical value, care coordination and patient outcomes first.
December 6, 2013
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I had the pleasure of meeting John Traeger in October at Corepoint Connect 13. John works with a number of hospitals and health systems in the Northwest to set up private HIEs and to connect to various forms of external HIE organizations.
December 6, 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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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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