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The Great Migration

HealtHIE Nevada, the nonprofit, statewide, community-based health information exchange (HIE), has been upgraded recently to improve functionality and add new features to enhance clients’ experience. Current HIE participants are being migrated from the old system to this upgraded platform.

HealtHIE Nevada, the nonprofit, statewide, community-based health information exchange (HIE), has been upgraded recently to improve functionality and add new features to enhance clients’ experience. Current HIE participants are being migrated from the old system to this upgraded platform. All new clients will automatically receive the benefits of the upgraded system.

The HIE now has more capabilities and methods to deliver laboratory reports, radiology reports and images, along with greater filtering granularity and detail. The HIE Web Access application, the Web-based portal into the HIE, has also been outfitted with improved usability, including a streamlined appearance and navigation to display the longitudinal patient record. These enhancements provide more detail for providers to make better-informed decisions for their patients with improved efficiency and effectiveness.

In addition to the improvement of existing functionality, the upgrade provides new ways to interact with the exchange. The HIE now offers Direct Secure Messaging capabilities, along with the previously offered electronic health record (EHR) interfaces, to provide true interoperability and connectivity with HIE Web Access. The upgrade also provides the ability to connect to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), opening access to Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense patient information to provide a comprehensive view of the patient’s health history. Finally, the upgrade allows the HIE to provide a wide range of notifications, including hospital admissions and discharges, notifications about physician office visits, and laboratory and radiology results and reports.

These new functionalities enable point-to-point delivery of clinical patient information to other providers of care, medical educators and consultations for a patient, supporting the ability to meet the electronic referrals requirement of meaningful use. Access to national data sources increases the view of the patient’s medical history, and notifications enable providers to understand patient patterns and needs earlier to promote interventions in the changing pay-for-value environment.

Participants will need to migrate to the upgraded system to have full access to the HIE and the data contained within. Access to the old HIE environment will end after September 2016. Users will no longer be able to access patient records via HIE Web Access unless they have completed the online training course and registered for a new username and password. Interoperability and receipt of records directly into EHR technology will cease for users who have not upgraded to the new platform. Finally, as clients move to the upgraded HIE, data added to the old environment will dwindle as the upgraded environment grows.

Please contact HIE Support hiesupport@healthinsight.org if you have questions or to begin your migration.

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