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7 Health Information Exchanges Connect to Military Health System

Seven physician-led health information exchanges now contribute patient EHRs to the Military Health System with help from eHealth Exchange.

Seven health information exchanges linked up to the Military Health System to enable better-informed care delivery.

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By Kate Monica

- Providers at the Military Health System (MHS) will now have access to patient EHRs from seven physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) across the country to enable well-informed care delivery.

The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), the eHealth Exchange, and KAMMCO Health Solutions assisted in facilitating the connection to improve health data exchange for MHS providers.

“This represents the growing capabilities of HIEs to share records in all locations from which a patient has received care,” said KHIN Executive Director Laura McCrary.

The connection will allow providers to share the patient EHRs of military personnel and their families as they transition between care facilities and locations in the country and overseas.

Military hospitals and clinics will now have the opportunity to securely access patient health information from physician-led HIEs in Kansas, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana.

“MHS cares for 9.4 million beneficiaries, delivering care globally in military hospitals and clinics and providing coordinated, integrated care through civilian networks,” said Health Information Exchange Office Lead in the EHR Modernization Program Management Office.

“Through HIEs, records are available securely from the private sector if the HIE is onboarded to the MHS,” she added. “Having access to records for patients across the KAMMCO network will assist MHS providers with clinical decisions.”

Improving patient health data access is a top priority within MHS as the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to make progress toward implementing its MHS GENESIS EHR system across all care sites. MHS GENESIS utilizes a Cerner EHR platform.

“The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) has a long history of supporting the healthcare needs of our active duty military in New Jersey,” said MSNJ CEO Larry Downs. “Sharing clinical information from our physician practices with MHS through OneHealth New Jersey furthers our support in this important area.”

“With a large joint base located in New Jersey, our physician members provide care to many active duty military and their families,” he added.

MSNJ is one of seven medical societies partnering with KAMMCO to develop physician-led HIE platforms. Other medical societies working with KAMCCO include the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Louisiana State Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Society and others.

“KAMMCO provides a critical service to make patients' medical records available wherever they receive care,” said KAMMCO CEO Kurt Scott. “It is a privilege that we can now deliver lab results, current medications and health histories for servicemen and women across the globe. We are proud that MHS can query our HIEs and effectively use the clinical data they access.”

This newest effort to enable well-informed care delivery for military personnel and their families aligns with KHIN’s mission to improve healthcare quality, care coordination, and clinical efficiency through health data exchange at the point of care.

Last month, all seven medical societies teamed up with KAMMCO to launch the Health Equity for Change (HENC) initiative.

The new initiative leverages health data exchange capabilities and data analytics to reduce health disparities across patient populations.

HENC is primarily intended to improve patient health outcomes and health statuses of medically underserved populations. The initiative combines patient health data, support from medical societies, and KAMMCO analytics tools to facilitate targeted efforts to reduce health inequity.

Leading physicians from each medical society help to inform and spearhead the initiative.

“Physicians across the nation are increasingly concerned about health disparities,” said HENC Chairman M. Natalie Achong, MD. “To address this, HENC brings leading physicians together to examine trends in health disparity data.”

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