"When referring to the concept of health information exchange (HIE), benefits such as “cost savings, increased efficiency and improved care coordination and patient care” are often touted as the selling points and marketing slogans to increase participation among HIE organizations. As a fairly new vehicle for healthcare reform and quality improvement, spanning only the past five years in most cases, HIE is now providing real metrics for proving its worth in saving lives, improving the quality of care and reducing healthcare costs."
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Health information exchange: Congress has encouraged it, the business case is strong and the public assumes it is happening behind the scenes. But on the ground, medical staff fight this war with fax machines and frantic calls to medical record departments.
But what if a lab test only had to be done once, and then everyone had access to the results? What if real-time referrals included pertinent notes and results, transmitted directly as structured data into the specialist's electronic health record system?
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The answer is a qualified ‘yes’—but, say those in the know, it will take business realism and a strong dose of ingenuity
Can health information exchanges (HIEs) survive the present moment? The question might seem overly simplistic, but the reality, as knowledgeable observers note, is that broad-based, and particularly statewide, HIEs are indeed failing or faltering across the country. Indeed, many public and semi-public statewide HIEs are struggling these days, in the wake of the dwindling of federal and state grants to support them. What are industry observers seeing? Largely this: that many of the statewide and regional HIEs created with wonderfully high-minded intent, but without a hardheaded business focus on long-term sustainability, are finding it difficult to make ends meet as the grant money begins to wither.
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Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pleased to announce our intentto engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs beginning in 2015. These intended changes would help to reduce the reporting burden on providers, while supporting the long term goals of the program.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0. The draft Roadmap is a proposal to deliver better care and result in healthier people through the safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information.
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A very robust, expansive discussion of health information exchange and patient/consumer engagement helped kick off the Health IT Summit in San Diego, being held this week at the Omni San Diego Hotel, and sponsored by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2), a sister organization to Healthcare Informatics. Broad questions around standards development, HIE process optimization, and true patient/consumer engagement, dominated the discussion on Tuesday morning’s first panel discussion, entitled “Next-Generation Data Exchange Driving PHM.”
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The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (Cal EMSA) will be hosting its 2nd Annual HIE for EMS Summit November 18-19. All CAHIE Members are invited to attend this important event, which will feature speakers from the ONC, state and local agencies, and CAHIE leadership and HIO representatives. The integration of EMS in HIE is critical to the success of day-to-day healthcare delivery, as well as during a disaster. There is special focus on California to lead the way, so don’t miss this opportunity.
11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. San Diego HIE – EMS Integration 2.0
Dan Chavez, San Diego Health Connect
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EHRs fare significantly better with the help of community health information exchange (HIE) resources when it comes to medication list accuracy, finds a new study in the American Journal of Managed Care (AMJC). While the EHRs at two sample hospitals captured an average of 80% of medications accurately, the addition of commercial database information and data from a community-based HIE was able to improve that number by 11 percent. The additional accuracy can be a crucial advantage during transitions of care, which are highly vulnerable to negative patient safety events
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As healthcare organizations continue to transition from gathering data through EHR systems toward building knowledge based on that data, the ability to exchange patient information, consistently, privately and securely becomes ever more paramount to improving quality of care.
In this first-of-its-kind class in Southern California, some of the region’s most experienced HIE leaders will present the essential elements of an HIE, including, but not limited to:
>The benefits and national push for HIEs
>Major technical components
>Modes of exchange, such as the NwHIN and their related requirements
>Implementing an HIE, including vendors, products and implementation
>Business models and governance
>Capstone project for students to apply the concepts learned
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