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Greenway, eHealth Exchange Lead HIE Project in Oregon

By Jennifer Bresnick

- The nationwide eHealth Exchange is connecting patient data across EHR vendor lines with a pioneering large-scale HIE project in Portland, Oregon.  Greenway Health has partnered with Premise Health, Kaiser Permanente, Intel Corporation, and The Sequoia Project to deploy an integrated model of health information exchange that uses standard C-CDA documents to link ambulatory clinics, hospitals, and other providers.

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The Oregon project, which has been live since January of 2015, encompasses nearly 17,000 employees and their families on Intel Corporation’s Oregon campus, who receive care through Premise Health.  Since going live on the eHealth Exchange, now managed by The Sequoia Project, Greenway has helped facilitate the exchange of more than 26,000 sets of patient information using the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) format, according to a press release.  

Partners in the project, including Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health and Services’ eight Oregon hospitals, can engage in bi-directional health information exchange to view critical data on patient allergies, problems, medications, test results, and treatment plans.

“Standards-based data liquidity that improves care delivery is both the goal and the promise of healthcare information technology, and is fundamental to Greenway’s commitment to positively impact the health of our nation,” said Greenway Health CEO Tee Green. “We’re proud to work with these partners in progress to unlock data and expand the opportunities with the eHealth Exchange. Through this and other initiatives, we will continue to expand the scope and impact of interoperability innovations across this country. It’s necessary, and it’s possible.”

“Working together, we can drive the vision of system-wide improvements in health outcomes, improve the patient experience and reduce the costs of providing care by promoting collaboration across the medical neighborhood,” added Premise Health Vice President of Application and Delivery Will Rice. “Patients increasingly expect convenience and a seamless experience across their providers. Through our use of Greenway solutions and the eHealth Exchange, information can now seamlessly follow Intel’s Oregon employees to all settings of care.”

Greenway has been a major player in the Carequality interoperability project, which takes a “network of networks” approach to the puzzle of health information exchange.  The Oregon collaboration provides “first-of-its-kind connectivity within the eHealth Exchange,” said Sequoia Project CEO Mariann Yeager.  Providence Health and Services is an Epic Systems customer, says an accompanying white paper, but the eHealth Exchange makes it easy for providers using different vendors to communicate.

“This is what the eHealth Exchange was envisioned to be — a means to advance interoperability within communities of care and to the level that all healthcare stakeholders are seeking,” said Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia and an eHealth Exchange Coordinating Committee member.

“If a patient goes to the emergency department, we shouldn’t have to wait for the patient to call us for a follow up. We should be notified electronically and proactively reach out to the patient,” Rice added. “One value proposition is optimizing the patient’s time. Patients expect a seamless experience across the medical neighborhood and through the eHealth Exchange, information can seamlessly follow the patients across all settings of care.”

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