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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The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety. But the focus on EHRs in these discussions does not recognize more prominent health IT needs when it comes potential outbreaks, nor the ways we have yet to meet most of these needs with incentives and infrastructure.
October 22, 2014
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In a bid to drive better quality, wider access and improved care coordination through health information technology, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a new investment initiative for accountable care organizations taking part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
October 16, 2014
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The overarching message delivered to joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees by the JASON task force on Oct. 15: The government should "act with urgency" to encourage and motivate the healthcare industry, using whatever mechanisms available, to fuel interoperability through meaningful use.
October 16, 2014
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The Federal Trade Commission has some news for health IT vendors whose zeal for competitive marketshare outweighs their willingness to share data: They're watching, and will step in where necessary.
October 10, 2014
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It's imperative for the success of interoperability that Stage 3 meaningful use be less stringent, giving health IT vendors the necessary latitude to develop innovative products, according to a draft report from ONC's joint HIT Policy and Standards Committee JASON task force.
October 3, 2014
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Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children's Hospital, says a new analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind."
October 1, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, promised an audience of AHIMA members that the government would act "fast into interoperability." She drew applause when she added, "We cannot wait for 10 years to get this done."
September 30, 2014
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Thirteen of the nation's major healthcare systems are one step closer to interoperability, after they are now able to electronically share health records with disparate EHRs upon signing on to the country's largest health information network.
September 25, 2014
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Most accountable care organizations have health information technology in place to improve quality and lower costs, but many say difficulties with data exchange are keeping them from reaching their potential.
September 25, 2014
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The 86th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, Sept. 27-Oct. 2 in San Diego, promises to offer its biggest technology splash yet. IT will be featured in ways big and small throughout the event.
September 24, 2014
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The Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Privacy & Security Forum in Boston featured 47 speakers who shared info and strategized over how to combat cybercrime and other pressing challenges to patient data. Here are four takeaways from the event.
September 17, 2014
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Texas Health is hardly the only hospital or health network that struggles to convince the CEO, CFO or other board members just how critical funding security initiatives and technologies really is, but it did use a unique approach to get their attention.
September 17, 2014
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Almost 20 years after HIPAA was enacted, the healthcare industry is facing unprecedented risk to patient privacy and security. With the shift to population health, the risk is only going to get worse. Bobby Stokes, AVP Enterprise Systems at HCA, explains how HCA is taking control of its data to manage security and compliance risk.
August 29, 2014
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July 1, 2014
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If you're a clinician, you'll walk away from this webinar with key insights to share with your team and with your facility's IT staff. If you're on the IT side, you'll learn how to achieve a more successful point-of-care implementation by getting buy-in from your most important constituents – the clinicians themselves.
June 18, 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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In a closed loop electrical system such as home heating, continuous data capture by a thermostat is used to modify the system’s behavior by turning the furnace on or off to maintain a comfortable temperature. Closed loop population health management applies the same basic principle to patient care using continuous data capture from a health information network. Patient populations are dynamic; a single new test result, emergency department visit, or prescription may move an individual patient into a population of concern.
June 6, 2014
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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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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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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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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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Earlier this year, ONC issued a request for information regarding a potential governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network. Based on the comments and feedback we received from multiple stakeholders, ONC announced in September that we would not be issuing federal regulations.
December 21, 2012
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The University of Texas at Austin formally launches its Health Information Exchange (HIE) laboratory this week. This laboratory simulates the national, state and local networks that are being developed to electronically exchange medical data. To provide more insights on this initiative, we caught up with Dr. Leanne Field, director of the nine-week Health IT certificate program at The University of Texas at Austin. She was kind enough to participate in the following Q&A.
December 14, 2012
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The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.
November 27, 2012
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The Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange has been operating as an ONC program since 2007. For the past three years, a rapidly growing community of public and private organizations has been routinely sharing information in production.
September 4, 2012
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All together now, dear readers – repeat after me: Rock Health. Blueprint Health. Health Box. Have I missed any? Healthcare start up/incubator/accelerator programs – call them what you will – are popping up everywhere these days.
August 24, 2012
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One major issue facing private and public Health Information Exchanges (HIE) is how to ensure patients privacy preferences are respected by obtaining their consent before data is shared.
June 20, 2012
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Even with the industry’s current focus on health information exchange and electronic health records, a truly interoperable healthcare system can at times seem as likely as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
June 19, 2012
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Advances in technology, health reform laws, and federal stimulus funds have facilitated the creation of health information exchanges (HIEs) across medical communities and are promising to make clinical data more accessible to providers at the point of care.
May 3, 2012
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Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, in partnership with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), has launched a secure email service that enables health care providers to exchange health information electronically with other providers.
August 31, 2011
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The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is on the fast track to develop the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE), which will give providers access to health records and connect existing sources of patient data within the state. To accomplish this, the Quality Forum has selected Orion Health as its primary technology provider.
August 11, 2011
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Medicity announced today that Iowa Health System will use Medicity health information exchange (HIE) technology to make patient health information securely available to care providers in the communities it serves. Iowa Health System (IHS) is the state's largest integrated health system serving nearly one third of all patients in Iowa.
August 8, 2011
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St. Joseph Healthcare is the most recent Bangor area health facility to connect to Maine’s health information exchange (HIE), operated by HealthInfoNet. The secure system links information from separate healthcare sites to create a single electronic patient health record. This record is easily accessible to the doctors and nurses caring for patients. Having access to this system provides caregivers with the information they need to make the best decisions possible on behalf of their patients.
July 12, 2011
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2010 was a year of unprecedented growth for the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), according to a new report released today by the organization. At the end of 2010, IHIE counted 70 distinct hospitals, long-term health facilities and health centers as part of its robust, secure network. It also launched an impressive $16 million federally-funded collaboration to link the access of health information to better patient outcomes.
July 12, 2011
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North Idaho Health Network and MobileMD, Inc., Yardley, Pa., announced today an agreement to provide state-of-the-art Health Information Exchange services to the medical community throughout Idaho's five northern counties.
June 22, 2011
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Seven community health centers and federally qualified health centers in central Indiana are now part of the Indiana Health Information Exchange's (IHIE) quality initiative, called the Quality Health First Program. Open Door Health Services, based in Muncie, is the latest participant the program.
June 21, 2011
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Merge Healthcare announced today that it intends to offer $52 million aggregate principal amount of 11.75 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2015.
June 15, 2011
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Health Level Seven® International (HL7), the global authority for interoperability and standards in healthcare information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the appointment of Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, director of the Office of Interoperability and Standards, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), to the HL7 Board of Directors.
May 31, 2011
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The Federal Health Architecture (FHA), under management of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a one base year contract worth US$5.7 million. The contract includes four one-year options that can be executed to support FHA's CONNECT Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NHIE) Gateway Solution.
May 24, 2011
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Medicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), announced recently its collaboration with Delta Health Alliance, one of 17 sites nationwide selected by the federal government to serve as a Beacon Community for the pioneering use of health information technology.
May 18, 2011
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MediConnect Global today announced its plan to hire 100 new employees across multiple departments, including software engineers, operations support and management, medical coders, account management, administration and executive assistants. MediConnect's hiring expansion reflects the company's steep growth trajectory, which is being driven by accelerating demand from the company's rapidly expanding client base.
May 17, 2011
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