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NJ Medical Group Starts Physician-Led Health Information Exchange

The Medical Society of New Jersey launched a statewide health information exchange.

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By Kate Monica

- The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched its statewide health information exchange (HIE) known as OneHealth New Jersey.

The HIE will improve physician health data access and streamline communication between hospitals, physician offices, labs, and pharmacies to improve care coordination.

"The exchange will improve efficiency by reducing time wasted trying to locate information and reduces the need for duplicate tests and procedures," said MSNH Board of Trustees Member and HIE Advisory Committee Chairman Kennedy Ganti, MD.

One Health New Jersey also includes patient portal access, health data analytics tools, and population health management capabilities. The HIE will offer patients a secure way to access health information without requiring they long into multiple portals or physically transport copies of paper records from one office to another.

"With growing demands of patient data from Medicare, Medicaid and private payers, OneHealth New Jersey is ready to go at no additional cost to the state," said MSNJ Board President Christopher E. Gribbin, MD. "It’s technology developed by physicians for physicians and other clinicians — people who understand patient care and the demands of a business practice.”

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The HIE was made possible through MSNJ’s partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions. KaMMCO is a physician-led subsidiary of the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company.

KaMMCO also recently partnered with the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) to establish its own physician-led statewide HIE called the Carolina eHealth Network (CeHN.). The HIE provides a platform for physicians to advocate for optimal healthcare delivery and high-quality care through continued medical education.

NYeC Customizes MIPS Reporting Service to Better Support Physicians

Elsewhere in health data exchange, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) recently announced it has selected HealthEC to customize its Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting service to support individual clinicians and provider groups.

The MIPS reporting service will assist physicians across New York in improving the quality of patient care delivery and successfully meeting federal reporting requirements through HealthEC’s Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR).

“We look forward to working with HealthEC to enable a robust, user-friendly MIPS reporting tool to support our reporting services designed to help healthcare providers meet the requirements of CMS’s Quality Payment Program,” said NYeC Executive Director Valerie Grey.

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NYeC is also currently working to support clinicians in health data exchange through its work with the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). Along with the New York State Department of Health, NYeC released the SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap outlining the HIE networks goals for the coming years and advocating for widespread HIE use.

“Many providers are still confused about the MIPS program and are concerned about meeting all its requirements. HealthEC and NYeC will provide the technical expertise and practical know-how to support practices of all sizes in achieving their MIPS goals by successfully avoiding a penalty and qualifying for the bonus provisions in the QPP,” said HealthEC Executive Vice President Sanjay Seth, MD.

HealthEC is a KLAS-recognized population health management vendor and CMS-approved QCRD under the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

IHIN Joins Multi-State HIE

The Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) signed a Software as a Service agreement with Minnesota state-certified health information organization (HIO) and health IT company Koble Group. Koble Group operates on a data sharing platform – Amadeus — supported by Orion Health.

Extending its reach to IHIN furthers Koble Group’s goal of creating a multi-state HIE capable of sharing resources in a cost-effective manner and expanding provider access to patient health data.

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IHIN chose Koble Group to provide a flexible, scalable solution connecting payers, public health, Medicaid, and behavioral health providers in Iowa.

”Our philosophy is simple: healthcare doesn’t stop at geographic borders, and neither should health information exchange,” said Koble Group CEO Chad Peterson. “We work tirelessly to provide value to our participants and stakeholders, and need to have a vendor and platform that supports our goals not only for today, but is scalable to support our clients – and our team – for years to come.”

Orion’s integration technology will enable seamless health data exchange between different EHR systems used by a variety of providers in compliance with federal privacy and security requirements.

“Orion Health’s technology enables HIEs to make sense of the growing complexity of big health data to improve patient care, boost productivity, and lower cost,” said IHIN CEO Dale Emerson. “Together we can ensure more comprehensive care coordination in Iowa, providing hospitals, medical practices, government agencies and insurers with access to accurate, real-time data.”

The data sharing platform includes a variety of interoperability, population health management, and precision medicine tools.

 “The Orion Health Amadeus precision medicine platform and the Koble Group services are a winning combination that will best serve the citizens of Iowa and other states that choose to join the Koble HIE,” said Terry Macaleer, president of Orion Health U.S.  “They get the benefits of a proven platform, cloud deployment and predictable costs that are spread across several states.  As patients move from state to state, physicians can access more complete patient information, one of their most critical needs to ensure quality outcomes.”

HealthlinkNY CEO Christina Galanis Steps Down, Joins WOMBA.

Christina Galanis recently announced she will be leaving her role as President and CEO of HealthlinkNY on December 31, 2017.

She is stepping down from the position to become the President of data aggregation platform WOMBA. Galanis served as HealthlinkNY’s President and CEO for 13 years.  HealthlinkNY Chairman Rajesh Dave, MD will serve as the HIE’s interim Executive Director.

“Staci Romeo will continue to carry on the tradition of HealthlinkNY and the good work it will do in the future. We welcome her to her newly expanded role,” announced Dave. 

Romeo has an MBA in executive leadership and has worked at HealthlinkNY for nearly four years.

 “We are grateful for the tremendous strides that HealthlinkNY has made under Christina’s leadership,” said Dave. “She has built a dynamic organization and a strong team that will continue to innovate and advance interoperability of electronic health records in New York State. We all wish Christina the very best in her new venture.”

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