Community Health Information Exchanges (HIE) connect with community and social service organizations to move volumes of data, according to the first annual survey of HIEs by the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) https://www.strategichie.com.
Results of the survey were presented by David Kendrick, MD at the ONC Annual Meeting in Washington D.C on January 28, 2020. Dr Kendrick is the Founder and CEO of MyHealth Access https://myhealthaccess.net in Tulsa OK, and on the Board of Directors of SHIEC. Dr. Kendrick and his team at the University of Oklahoma compiled the results of the survey.
Nearly all responding HIEs have partnered with one or more community and social service organizations including correctional health, social service agencies, drug and alcohol treatment programs, first responders, school nurses, and blood banks.
The responding SHIEC HIEs are exchanging 3.3 billion messages annually and delivering 453 million alerts of admissions, discharges, and transfers to HIE participants to improve coordination of care. Also included are nationwide HIE to HIE alerts through the Patient Centered Data Home™ (PCDH) initiative.
According to Dr. Kendrick, “In a value-based healthcare environment, HIEs are partnering with the community and social service agencies to help clinicians care for the whole patient and they are exchanging significantly more data than any other national exchange network.”
Dr. Kendrick, also reports that there is the growing presence and value of the PCDH initiative as the PCDH is the only nationwide interoperability network to proactively deliver alerts. PCDH continues to grow rapidly so that patients and their information follow them wherever they seek care.”
“Survey results demonstrate real progress for the SHIEC community”, according to Kelly Hoover Thompson, CEO of SHIEC.” She notes that the results not only demonstrate tangible progress toward interoperability in the sheer volume of alerts and transactions, but also underscore the value of the SHIEC community in supporting and gathering data from community and social service organizations to advance care for the whole patient”.
Go to http://strategic.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Kendrick-SHIEC-HIE-Interoperability-ONC2020.pdf for information on the survey.