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3 Health Information Exchanges Experiencing Recent Growth

Recent developments suggest health information exchanges are steadily improving infrastructure, utilizing population management solutions, and expanding patient base.

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By Kate Monica

- Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), a health information exchange (HIE) in Michigan, recently announced their Health Connect service platform has received Certified Status for information security by HITRUST Alliance. The award qualifies GLHC as meeting regulations and requirements for securing protected health information (PHI).  

“Maintaining the security of the confidential health data that we manage at GLHC is a core value of our organization, and of critical importance to the providers and patients we serve”, said Doug Dietzman, Executive Director of GLHC. “The HITRUST CSF is widely regarded as the gold-standard for health IT security and regulatory compliance. Achieving HITRUST CSF Certified Status is affirmation of the secure posture we maintain for our solutions and business operations. I am grateful to our entire team for their diligent commitment to securing our customer’s critical health data.”

Attaining this distinction from HITRUST puts GLHC in good company with other leading healthcare organizations.

 “HITRUST has been working with the industry to ensure the appropriate information protection requirements are met when sensitive health information is accessed or stored in a cloud environment. By taking the steps necessary to obtain HITRUST CSF Certified status, Great Lakes Health Connect is distinguished as an organization that people can count on to keep their information safe,” said Chief Compliance Officer of HITRUST Ken Vander Wal.

Bronx HIE joins forces with IMAT Solutions to improve population health management

Elsewhere in HIE development, IMAT Solutions, a provider of real-time healthcare data management and population health reporting solutions, last month announced that the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) was joining its client base to expand its population health and health data analytics capabilities.

"As a leader in the area of analytics, Bronx RHIO is excited to partner with IMAT who not only understands the data collection needs of the HIE space, but also provides data management features that actually enhance our ability to deliver meaningful population health measures and target populations for active engagement by our provider community," said CEO of Bronx RHIO Charles Scaglione.

The Bronx RHIO network, which includes more than 90 hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory care centers, will now benefit from IMAT’s comprehensive data management capabilities to aggregate, transform, and integrate patient health data from several sources within the IMAT Enterprise Data Foundation.

IMAT maintains a set of patented technologies enabling the standardization of patient records upon reception into IMAT. Consolidated patient records can then be leveraged by clinical or business users.

 

"While many RHIOs and HIEs have built their operation on older platforms designed to support connectivity and distribution of documents and information across participating healthcare providers, the Bronx RHIO was seeking a new approach, one based on a reliable, flexible core data management platform,” said CEO of IMAT Solutions Kurt Garbe. “They understand that to be successful as a health information exchange you must have a data management system capable of providing the analytics that enable physicians to improve patient outcomes. This is where everyone in healthcare must go and we are excited to help the Bronx quickly get there first.”

HealtheConnections experiences continued growth

HealtheConnections is also making strides in health data exchange, announcing significant growth throughout 2016 with 1.5 million participating patients in 11 counties in central and northern New York benefiting from its services.

The New York HIE’s services experienced a 27-percent expansion rate last year, with a 79-percent growth in the amount of clinical documents delivered to providers. Its patient base also grew by 63 percent, and 70 percent of providers in the region are now utilizing their services.

Furthermore, 1.2 million patients have given authorized parties consent to use their information to mitigate errors in delivering patient care. For example, many have granted providers consent to share their test results to reduce the possibility of providers ordering unnecessary or repeated tests in an effort to avoid potentially harmful or expensive mistakes.

"Efficiency and accuracy are absolutely essential in healthcare," said HealtheConnections President Rob Hack. "We've continued to refine our services to improve provider efficiency, information convenience, and office workflows, allowing healthcare professionals to focus on what is most important – the patient."  

Continued progress in supporting and expanding HIE services signals a positive trend in health data exchange and innovation.

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