• 03 JAN 17
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    3 Midwest exchanges begin sharing patient data

    Author: Fred Bazzoli
    Date published: 1/3/2017

    Three health information exchanges in the Midwest are exchanging patient data in a significant step forward to develop and test a Patient Centered Data Home that could serve as a model for exchanging data between HIEs nationwide.

    The initiative is part of a larger pilot funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to improve interoperability between HIEs. It’s the third and largest pilot for the Strategic HIE Collaborative (SHIEC), which is advancing the Patient Centered Data Home effort.

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    Organizers believe the approach can eventually tie together the 48 HIEs that are members of SHIEC.

    The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN) and East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) are exchanging information reached an agreement to enable data-sharing among their HIEs, ensuring that a patient’s healthcare record follows them wherever they seek care.

    Those HIEs, and four others, are part of the PCDH Heartland initiative. The goal is for all seven to eventually patient data, enabling providers using those exchanges to access that information.

    The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative is a national trade association for HIEs that is acting as the project lead. The other pilots are already in production. SHIEC is a not-for-profit national consortium of statewide, regional and community health information exchanges and a trade association that assists member organizations through the exchange of ideas and business practices as well as through public education and advocacy.

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