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Health Information Exchanges (HIE) in Pennsylvania and New York are actively seeking the participation of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers.
Eleven skilled nursing homes have become the first LTPAC settings to join the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE), a 31-county HIE serving nearly 3 million patients in central and northeast Pennsylvania.
The facilities are affiliated with Golden Living, which owns 37 Golden LivingCenters in Pennsylvania and more than 300 nationwide.
In neighboring New York, Briody Health Care Facility in Lockport, NY has become the first provider of long-term services and supports to join HEALTHeLINK, an HIE serving the greater Buffalo region.
HEALTHeLINK is deliberately reaching out to LTPAC providers as part of its participation in the federally funded Beacon Communities program.
Eighteen months after it started offering Medicaid providers a free, fully certified electronic health record (EHR), the Wyoming Department of Health has registered 36 providers, 16 practices and over 31,000 patients in its HIE.
The Medicaid providers get free access to WebChart EHR from Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) and their EHR data automatically flow into the HIE.
The free EHR initiative has helped the Department of Health test the efficacy of EHRs without asking Medicaid providers to assume a significant financial risk, says Dr. James Bush, the department’s medical director.
In addition, by integrating all health data from participating Medicaid physicians into the HIE, the department has been able to take a “big picture look” at the state’s primary health issues so it can strategically address those issues.
Statewide health information exchange in New York State took a giant step forward in June when 3 Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) and 3 HIE vendors announced they will participate in the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or "SHIN-NY.”
The new members are helping SHIN-NY launch across New York's downstate region, where 3 million people live. They include:
Initially, SHIN-NY will offer a Patient Record Look Up, which allows providers to search across databases within the SHIN-NY network to find health records relevant to their patients.
After that, SHIN-NY will deploy Direct Exchange, which allows providers to communicate with each other while collaborating on patient care using secure e-mail messages among pre-approved senders and recipients.
The CareAccord HIE in Oregon now offers direct secure messaging at no cost, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.
Direct secure messaging lets physicians send encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients securely over the Internet.