In March 2016, HealtHIE Nevada launched the HIE-Learning Portal, a training site using video courses and quizzes embedded into an open-source Learning Management System (LMS) called Moodle. This online LMS allows HIE users to access and complete training at their convenience.
The HIE-Learning Portal’s training modules are designed to help new users learn about the HIE Web Access program and how to navigate the system. Users will learn why patient consent is necessary, how to manage patient consent and how to receive access to the program.
The comprehensive course enables a new HIE user to gain understanding and quickly begin to use the system, as well as refreshing more seasoned users on the ins and outs of HIE Web Access.
The HIE-Learning Portal is now online, and access is provided during your implementation or your upgrade. Please contact us at HIElearning@healthinsight.org if you would like to learn more about the Portal or if you wish to have access to complete the course content.
In case you hadn’t heard, HealtHIE Nevada has been working over the last year to plan and update the software that makes the HIE run. HIE 2.0 will bring with it some exciting changes and improvements. Among them will be a new master patient index with an improved matching algorithm that will help reduce the incidence of duplicate patient records. Another more obvious and immediate improvement will be the replacement of the Virtual Health Record (VHR) with the Community Patient Profile (CPP). The CPP will offer users an improved and updated user interface that will be easier to navigate, thus saving physicians and staff time finding the information they need to support patients.
We are working hard to make the transition to HIE 2.0 as seamless as possible for our end users. However, to make the complete move from the VHR to the CPP, there are a couple of important things you need to know about.
- All users will be required to have a unique email address. In the past, the use of an email address has not been required for access, and as a result, not all users have an email address on file. To use the CPP, new user names and passwords will be issued to all users. These usernames and passwords will require a unique email from all participants. In the coming weeks, HIE project managers will be reaching out to contacts at participating offices to verify the user information on file and make relevant updates, to include requesting an email address from all users.
- Users will have to go through training for access to the CPP. The CPP is new and different and we want to make sure all of our users are equipped to use the features and functionality to their greatest potential. To facilitate this, we will require that all users participate in training before being granted access. Once we have confirmed user information and obtained unique email addresses for participants, HIE staff will reach out to share training and education schedules.
Please be watching for emails and phone calls from HealtHIE Nevada in the coming weeks to prepare you for HIE 2.0! Through the end of the year you will be hearing more about additional changes and improvements coming to your existing HealtHIE Nevada services.
Deborah Huber, Executive Director, HealthInsight Nevada
Congressman Joe Heck (R, NV-3) is a physician with an extensive background working in emergency medical care at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada as well as in settings related to his work as a Colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves – serving 3 active duty terms, including a deployment to Iraq. HealthInsight Nevada staff recently met with the Congressman to discuss a variety of health care initiatives underway in his district and across the state of Nevada. Because of his background, Dr. Heck expressed a particular interest in learning more about HealtHIE Nevada, the community-based, statewide health information exchange in our State. Dr. Heck described a common emergency situation:
A patient comes to an emergency room. S/he is unknown to the physician. Today, the doctor must interview the patient (if they are conscious or able to answer questions) or the family or individuals who accompany the patient, to learn about possible allergies, their medical history, and medications the individual is taking. Of course, in this type of stressful situation, it is highly likely that the patient and/or their friends and family may not have all of this information, or may forget key pieces of information that could help the physician treat the patient. This is today’s emergency room reality. In the absence of this critical information, the physician will generally order all the blood tests, X-rays, scans, and other examinations that could help her/him make a diagnosis and effectively treat the patient. Of course, this takes time, can be painful to the patient, requires the involvement of numerous hospital staff, and may result in hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in costs.
But imagine another scenario: A patient comes to an emergency department. S/he has consented to having their personal health information shared on the HealtHIE Nevada Health Information Exchange. The physician logs on to a secure website, types in the patient’s name and date of birth, and within seconds, all of the patient’s information (insurance, allergies, current medications) shows up on the screen. In addition, all the results from blood tests, radiology exams (X-ray’s, CAT scans, MRIs), previous doctor visits, and hospital stays are visible to the physician. The physician now has the most up to date and complete medical history on this patient. This may cause him to eliminate some tests that may have recently been conducted, or include tests that a unique medical history might indicate. In either case, this scenario provides the physician with real-time information about the patient; no need to rely on a stressed family member’s recollection or to reorder unnecessary tests. This information gives the physician more accurate and real-time information so s/he can make more timely and better informed decisions at the patient’s bedside. This same kind of immediate information is beneficial to other providers that participate in the HealtHIE Nevada health Information, including primary care doctors who are seeing a patient for the first time in their office, or for a specialist physician who is seeing a patient for a specific concern. After the demonstration of the health information exchange’s capabilities, Dr. Heck expressed that this kind of information would be invaluable to emergency room physicians. He noted that as it is now, physicians do the very best they can with the information available. However, he pointed out that physicians rarely have complete information about a patient’s medical history, allergies, or medications. Consequently, s/he may have to order a number of costly tests and procedures that might be unnecessary if they were equipped with additional patient information from other health care providers (not just the patient and family.) The Congressman indicated that having the information provided by HealtHIE Nevada has the potential to improve a physician’s ability to provide appropriate, timely, and cost effective care to his/her patients.