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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CVS Health has partnered with four health systems nationwide to provide them patient prescription and visit information, securely sharing data through its Epic electronic health record system.
June 26, 2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday voted 6-3 against the plaintiffs in the case of King v. Burwell. The ruling means more than 6 million residents in the 34 states with federal insurance exchanges can keep their tax subsidies for health coverage.
June 25, 2015
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The 2015 Direct Messaging Survey published this week by HIMSS shows growing use and appreciation for the secure, email-like method of data exchange. But there are still challenges to be ironed out before it sees broader acceptance.
June 25, 2015
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Healtheway, the non-profit organization that supports nationwide interoperability and health information exchange initiatives, announced today that, thanks to the broadening scope of its activities, it is rebranding itself as The Sequoia Project.
June 25, 2015
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"It's not just talk about clinical integration ... you have to talk about what's next around value-based contracting," said one consultant at the the HFMA National Institute this week. "If you do a better quality of care with a patient, you will reduce costs."
June 24, 2015
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The CommonWell Health Alliance continues to add new members as it works toward an ambitious goal of expanding its provider footprint to 5,000 sites nationwide by the end of 2015.
June 23, 2015
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Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this past week, two health IT researchers put forth five use cases that help define what an "open" electronic health record should really look like.
June 22, 2015
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is currently funded to the tune of about $440 million for fiscal year 2015. If the House Appropriations Committee has its way, that funding will vanish in FY16.
June 19, 2015
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Accountable care and care continuity are not the same thing, but they have a whole lot in common. And the former pretty much depends on the latter. In Europe, much more than in the U.S., "they're very attuned to continuity of care."
June 9, 2015
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Anna Orlova, senior director, standards at AHIMA, compares the current interoperability of today's electronic health record systems to treadle sewing machines of the early 20th century.
June 1, 2015
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At Hunterdon Healthcare System, patient engagement is an all-hands-on-deck project, says its chief medical information officer. A new engagement tool will help clinicians get better insight into patients as they move across care settings, he says.
May 22, 2015
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Our columnist considers what the new culture of technology-enabled instant gratification means for patient satisfaction. Can providers better leverage those same technologies to improve practice workflows and minimize patient wait times?
May 20, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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