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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Colorado's largest nonprofit health plan has solidified a deal with the state's regional health information exchange, agreeing to participate in the network going forward.
February 19, 2014
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Utilizing lab ordering data from a health information exchange could signify millions of dollars in savings -- just from avoiding the scores of duplicate CT scans being ordered for patients.
February 17, 2014
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Two Midwest health information exchanges, Tiger Institute Health Alliance and Lewis and Clark Information Exchange, are now able to share the data of 2.5 million patients across Missouri and Kansas.
February 13, 2014
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In efforts to guarantee patient access to their lab tests, the nation's largest pharmacies are now promising to adopt the Blue Button personal health record.
February 13, 2014
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Not all HIE products are created equal; some are more equal than others. At least that's according to the findings of a new Black Book Rankings report that names the top performing HIE vendors across five different categories.
February 12, 2014
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A health IT consultant described the "Tower of Babel"-eqsue barrier she encounters coordinating disparate EHR systems to a panel at the Health Innovation Day conference. William Check, CTO at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association responded: "What you just described could have been the cable industries. It's amazing the parallel here."
February 7, 2014
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Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author and New Yorker staffer, likened the change required for healthcare to clear the interoperability hurdle to several events of this generation, "three lessons in culture, framing and consequence," as he put it during a talk Thursday at Health Care Innovation Day in Washington.
February 7, 2014
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Karen DeSalvo, MD, newly appointed national coordinator for health information technology, gave some insight Thursday on how ONC plans to proceed under her leadership. Interoperability will be top priority.
February 7, 2014
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Health networks and physician practices have the most to gain from an interoperable ecosystem and, it follows, the most to lose if it doesn't go right. But one could argue that American patients and taxpayers stand to gain or lose just as much.
February 6, 2014
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The ONC's Health IT Policy Committee's Privacy and Security Tiger Team is calling for public comment on privacy and policy concerns surrounding patients giving access to their health information.
February 4, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator had a place at the table for the 15th annual IHE North American Connectathon, filled by Doug Fridsma, MD, chief science officer and director of the ONC's Office of Science and Technology and four members of his team.
January 31, 2014
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More healthcare organizations are moving forward with health information exchange initiatives, with one national exchange network reporting record participation numbers today.
January 30, 2014
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Both developed and emerging countries face three global megatrends that will have a crippling impact on their economies and societies if not address in the near future. The most significant trend is a rapidly aging world population. The proportion of the population over the age of 60 is projected to double between 2000 and 2050. At its 2012 Healthcare Innovation Summit, Intel convened several worldwide thought leaders to discuss opportunities to alleviate the impact of global aging, cost growth and workforce shortages.
November 15, 2012
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A May 2012 study by Manhattan Research highlighted that physician tablet adoption reached 62 percent in 2012, with half of those physicians using their device at the point of care. While the phenomenon is largely a spillover from widespread consumer adoption, its promise and value for improving care are tangible. As provisions of the Affordable Care Act – hospital re-admission penalties and accountable care participation – take effect, now more than ever mobile technology is poised to help all stakeholders benefit from improved and safer care, better outcomes and a more efficient, accessible healthcare system. This paper, published as a result the Healthcare Innovation Summit, provides insights from three thought leaders on mobile technology’s impact on collaborative care and workflow in their renowned healthcare organizations.
November 15, 2012
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In March 2012, the Obama Administration launched a $200 million “Big Data Research and Development Initiative,” which aims to transform the use of big data for scientific discovery and biomedical research, among other areas. Stakeholders now need to come together to take advantage of market conditions and realize the value of the incredible amount of important data in a more efficient and expeditious manner. In the spirit of collaboration and as part of the Intel Innovations Summit, the global technology leader in computing convened four thought leaders to share how their respective industries are meeting challenges and utilizing big data.
November 15, 2012
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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with <a href="/directory/medicare" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Medicare</a> to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
November 9, 2012
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A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare <a href="/directory/cloud-computing" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Cloud Computing</a> and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
November 7, 2012
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Barcodes, in the healthcare environment, are a patient’s voice. They identify, communicate and connect the patient accurately with his or her records from the moment care begins. Whether it’s at check-in, at the bedside or in the lab, barcodes help protect patients’ safety and reduce medical errors – which can cost your organization millions of dollars. This white paper that discusses how barcodes can be the patient’s voice – and save your organization from costly errors – during patient identification procedures, medication administration at the bedside, as well as in the lab during specimen collection and tracking.
November 1, 2012
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Meaningful Use Stage 2: A handbook for providers discusses the changes in Stage 2 following the release of the final rules. This report focuses on what providers should expect, technology challenges and business opportunities in Stage 2 criteria, and key enterprise strategies for Stage 2 initiatives.
October 29, 2012
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Electronic locks and latches provide enhanced security where healthcare facilities need it the most – on the carts and cabinets that house valuable medical supplies and patient information. Electronic locks provide secure locking and audit trail capabilities that can help healthcare IT managers comply with industry regulations such as HIPAA and <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a>. This white paper explores opportunities for improved physical security in the healthcare environment and reviews electronic access solutions available to equipment manufacturers.
October 16, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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As healthcare organizations develop strategies to comply with federal mandates and succeed in the new environment, wireless is one of the emerging technologies that can enable organizations to meet their clinical and business objectives, especially in this era of having to do more with a finite set of resources. This paper, featuring results from a Healthcare IT News online survey from June and July 2012, discusses current usage of wireless data technology in healthcare and identifies areas of demand and the potential benefits of wireless solutions and strategies.
August 29, 2012
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August 15, 2012
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Every HIM initiative - especially clinical documentation - relies on a single common thread for success: the availability and integrity of the right data to drive the correct decisions and follow-on actions. Capturing accurate, complete quality clinical documentation is the most critical and fundamental component in providing quality care, and ultimately has the biggest connection to generating revenue. This white paper describes the risks associated with the lack of a core HIT strategy; identifies HIT strategies that can help manage the complex clinical documentation challenges associated with ICD-10, RAC and ACOs; and provides an overview of existing and emerging technologies that have significant impact on addressing these challenges.
August 2, 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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As the nation begins its pilots of pioneer Accountable Care Organizations and shares more data for care coordination and population management, IT departments will be asked to make clinical records available to increasing numbers of loosely affiliated clinicians and staff.
April 24, 2012
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The San Diego Beacon eHealth Community is one example of how we are starting to see the convergence of health information exchange (HIE) and social media technologies.
March 1, 2012
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I asked health IT leaders from Pioneer ACO Eastern Maine Healthcare System to share their experiences participating in the program, about the IT infrastructure they have in place to coordinate the delivery of care, and any advice they would give other health IT professionals working toward creating an ACO.
February 7, 2012
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Earlier this month, I wrote about some of the most important and notable highlights in the world of health IT and ONC over the past year. As we start the New Year, I am excited about what the future holds and want to share what I see as five big health IT trends for the year to come.
January 31, 2012
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The day is rapidly coming when healthcare providers across the country will be able to share information about patients with a few clicks of a mouse. Key to this future, at least initially, is the formation of health information exchanges (HIEs).
January 30, 2012
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Admittedly, our predictions for 2011 were modest. So for 2012, we’ll go out on a limb with many of our predictions. Hopefully that limb won’t crack sending us crashing to the ground.
January 12, 2012
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I would like to highlight ten of this year's most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC.
January 10, 2012
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You can read about the shift happening. You can see the shift happening. You can sense the shift happening. In all of this, there is still an understanding that we have a long way to go in order to achieve a true connected health care system, yet we know the movement is happening.
December 29, 2011
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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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