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HealtHIE Nevada Emphasizes ‘Connecting to Care’ Among Health Care Providers

Statewide health information exchange unveils new branding and product offerings to better serve health care community.

LAS VEGAS – HealtHIE Nevada is the only statewide health information exchange that offers real-time, secure exchange of clinical patient data. To continue growth in connecting the Nevada health care community, it has updated its logo and suite of products and services.

In crafting its new logo, HealtHIE Nevada envisioned an icon that would capture its patient-centric approach of collecting and organizing data for treating providers, payers and public health professionals.

HealtHIE Chart, HealtHIE Images, HealtHIE Results, HealtHIE Alerts, HealtHIE Connect and HealtHIE Messaging are services designed to solve workflow issues commonly found in patient care settings. HealtHIE Nevada can reduce duplicate testing and improve quality of care. Research shows that by eliminating redundancies, millions of dollars can be saved annually.

“This evolution of our brand coincides with the changing landscape of health information technology,” said Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada. “With innovation and productive change, we will be more equipped to pursue our goal of providing the right data, to the right provider at the right time to reform the healthcare delivery system.”

The organization’s new tagline, Connecting to Care, advances its vision as a fully connected network that improves patient care coordination and provides population health management. HealtHIE Nevada serves hospitals, primary care providers, nursing homes and other providers of medical care.

HealtHIE Nevada is partnered with more than 70 organizations, including Dignity Health, Renown Health, Valley Health System, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. It continues to grow health information exchange participants. For more information about HealtHIE Nevada, visit healthienevada.org or contact us at hie@healthinsight.org (855-4-THE-HIE).

About HealtHIE Nevada

HealtHIE Nevada is a private, nonprofit, community-based health information exchange dedicated to connecting health care organizations by managing real-time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information. HealtHIE Nevada operates throughout the entire state, and is the only HIE open and available to the entire Nevada health care community. 

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HealtHIE Nevada In Your Post-Acute Care Setting!

Opportunities to help define Post-Acute Care HIE

Here at HealtHIE Nevada we recognize the value added to the Post-Acute Care settings in participating in the Health Information Exchange (HIE). We understand the
day-to-day workflow is different from that of a hospital, physician, or other healthcare setting. HealtHIE Nevada involves our community inplanning the growth of the HIE. We are conducting onsite process observations and focus groups for these settings throughout April 2013. The primary focus is to learn about your workflow in the Post-Acute care setting. By understanding the workflow in your facility, i.e. the admit, discharge, and referral process, we will be able to customize the services offered by HealtHIE Nevada.
 
In mid-April we will host focus groups to summarize the results of the onsite process observations, discuss popular EHR’s in post-acute settings, and identify barriers and solutions to implementing the HIE. In keeping with that tradition, we would like to schedule one or two appointments to have a member of our staff visit your facility and observe. If you would like to recommend your facility or any other, provide us with contact details. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this process with you in an upcoming edition of the HealtHIE Nevada Chronicle.

How Will the Health Information Exchange Benefit Your Patients?

Faster, More Accurate Care

You may know the benefits of a Health Information Exchange (HIE), but do your patients know? As a key component for a successful HIE, we need patient involvement. Education is the key, and we need your help to get the word out.

Why do your patients need the HIE?

Your patient’s medical care team needs health information to correctly diagnose and treat them. Each member of the team may have a piece of the patient’s medical history. If the entire team can see the complete medical history, patients receive better care.

What are the key benefits for my patients?

• HealtHIE Nevada gives you a quick and easy way to see your patient’s health information. Health information can be lab, x-ray, and other test results that make up a medical history.

• As the information becomes available, the HIE will quickly send the data to you. A complete medical history lets you make faster and more correct choices when caring for your patients.

• When you share your patient’s medical history, you can manage their care better. Specialists will have the information they need faster. The emergency room staff can care for your patients even if they cannot answer questions.

• The HIE is safe and secure and can only be seen by the people who are caring for your patients.

• Patients will repeat the same tests less often.

• Patient records will still be safe and available if there is an emergency or natural disaster.

Who can see your patients’ health information?

Only doctors, hospitals, laboratories, radiologists, and pharmacies that are members of the HIE can see your personal information. The medical team can use your information only to diagnose and treat your medical problems.

HealtHIE Nevada Provides eHGT’s eHealth Image Exchange Capability to Community-Based Health Information Exchange Users

Steinberg Diagnostic leads, reducing costly duplicate exams and unnecessary radiation exposure for patients

Rochester, NY August 28, 2012 – HealthInsight, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers, and eHealth Global Technologies (eHGT) announce the successful go-live for HealtHIE Nevada of eHealth Image Exchange™, a service that enables authorized health information exchange (HIE) participants to seamlessly share diagnostic quality images.

Physicians, with a single click on a patients’ report, can view associated X-rays, MRI’s, CT-scans, PET scans and ultrasounds images instantly, from the context of the patient’s full medical history. Participating HIE providers can access current and past diagnostic imaging exams to assist them in providing more effective diagnosis, care planning and delivery of healthcare services, taking advantage of a variety of tools within a state-of-the-art, zero-footprint viewing platform – eHealthViewer® ZF.

“We are excited to be the first imaging center in Nevada to provide this service and its benefits to our care community,” said Don Shackley, CIO, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Center. “Patients no longer need to retrieve and transport X-ray films or images on CDs from location to location, as reports are always accessible via the HIE. Patient records are more complete, which reduces the need for costly duplicate exams and unnecessary radiation exposure for patients, while improving the efficiency of delivering patient treatment.”

“Having one of the largest providers of images in the state of Nevada take the lead on this initiative is a testament to the value eHealth Image Exchange provides,” said HealthInsight Executive Director, Deborah Huber. “Ordering physicians can access reports and images immediately as they are available so that patients get more timely care with reduced risk due to incomplete medical records.”

“When a patient presents, physicians need a variety of medical information quickly and easily to provide accurate, timely care,” said Gary Larson, COO and General Manager, Health Information Exchange Services for eHealth Global Technologies. “Diagnostic quality images are an essential element of the patient record and we are thrilled to provide this service to patients across Nevada – improving their care process and reducing the spiraling cost of care.”

HealtHIE Nevada is powered by Optum Health Information Exchange. Optum’s partner, eHealth Global Technologies provides eHealth Image Exchange via the Optum Image Gateway.

About eHealth Global Technologies

eHealth Global Technologies (eHGT) is a leading referral management and diagnostic image exchange service provider, serving over half of the nation’s top 100 hospitals and leading health information exchanges (HIEs), including 13 of the top 17 hospitals selected to the prominent Honor Roll of the Best Hospitals from the 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report. The company’s services include the eHealth Referral Management Solution™ and the eHealth Image Exchange™. These solutions utilize innovative health information technology to access medical records, pathology slides and diagnostic images in any format, and then securely deliver them to providers and clinicians in a digital format to improve continuity of care. Visit www.eHGT.com

About HealtHIE Nevada

HealtHIE Nevada is a private, Nevada non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to connecting the Nevada healthcare community by managing real time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information to improve the quality and continuum of healthcare for the patient.

Management of HealtHIE Nevada and its services are performed by HealthInsight, a recognized leader in quality improvement; transparency and public reporting; health information technology programs; health-care system delivery and payment reform efforts; and human factors science research and application. HealthInsight has offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers

Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging developed out of Dr. Leon Steinberg’s radiology practice which has served physicians, hospitals and residents of Las Vegas for the past 30 years. As a pioneering radiologist, Dr. Steinberg dreamed of a complete state-of-the-art outpatient imaging center in Las Vegas. The center would be equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tools, all conveniently located under one roof. Imaging studies that traditionally were only found in hospitals and major medical centers would be available here. Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers were built with these goals in mind. Our primary facility at 2950 South Maryland Parkway was opened on February 29, 1988. Since then, SDMI has kept pace with the area’s growth by opening additional facilities. Today, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging is on the cutting edge of radiology, offering the most comprehensive diagnostic services available anywhere in the world. Our five convenient imaging centers are staffed by board certified radiologists that are friendly and sympathetic of patient concerns. Our team of technologists and support staff provide the highest level of service, insuring that patients receive the courtesy and care they deserve.

HealtHIE Nevada announces success in the Health Information Exchange

Renown Health and Gastroenterology Consultants successfully connect to Health Information Exchange

Las Vegas, NV – HealtHIE Nevada, in partnership with the Nevada healthcare community and its stakeholders, announced today that Renown Health and Gastroenterology (GI) Consultants in Reno, Nevada have successfully connected to the HealtHIE Nevada Health Information Exchange (HIE).

The HIE is providing GI Consultants with the most up to date lab information available from Renown Health. It enables their physicians to receive real-time patient information instantly, automatically, and securely at the point of care. The lab data come directly from the HIE and radiology and transcription data are ready to access. In April 2012, Renown Health pushed more than 500,000 transactions to the HIE. Over 300,000 transactions have been pushed to date in May.

Renown HIE

Dr. Craig Sande of Gastroenterology Consultants stated, “Many physician groups in our region have begun to use electronic medical records. Unfortunately, the data generated is not easily shared with disparate systems. Gastroenterology Consultants working in conjunction with HealthInsight, and Renown Regional Medical Center have beta tested a Health Information Exchange, which will solve this problem by providing the seamless transfer of health information between the disparate systems. We are excited by the progress and confident that the capability will lead to improved health of all Nevadans through timely and accurate access to patient’s health information.”

The initial phase of the HIE takes the data from the issuing organization and passes it through the HIE, which then automatically routes it to the healthcare facility associated with the patient. Additional hospitals, physician offices, laboratories, and imaging centers from across the state of Nevada are slated to begin sharing information in the next couple of months. Future phases of the HIE include an expansion of the line of services, data inquiry, and data analytics capabilities.

“Now that the concept is proven, we look forward to many other independent healthcare providers joining this HIE,” said Chuck Scully, Chief Information Officer, Renown Health. “Having everyone participate in this single shared utility will bring the greatest value to all participants at the lowest possible cost. Renown Health is proud to be one of several independent organizations that have worked cooperatively to bring this important resource to our state and our community.”

About HealtHIE Nevada

HealtHIE Nevada is a newly incorporated private, Nevada non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to connecting the Nevada healthcare community by providing real time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information to improve the quality and continuum of healthcare for the patient.

In July of 2011, a contribution from Southwest Medical Associates, Inc. partially funded the HIE’s launch and initial operations. Additional support was provided by founding members of the HIE: Renown Health, Reno; Catholic Healthcare West, Southern and Northern NV; Sunrise Health System, the Valley Health System, Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, and Healthcare Partners, Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit the HealtHIE Nevada Website at healthienevada.org.

Management of HealtHIE Nevada and its services are performed by HealthInsight, a recognized leader in quality improvement; transparency and public reporting; health information technology programs; healthcare system delivery and payment reform efforts; and human factors science research and application. HealthInsight has offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit the HealthInsight website at www.healthinsight.org.

HealthInsight Announces Launch of Community-based Health Information Exchange

The Health Information Exchange will provide instant access and secure exchange of health information to improve timeliness, quality, and coordination of Nevadan’s health care

Las Vegas, NV – HealthInsight, in partnership with the Nevada healthcare community and its stakeholders, announced today the launch of a Health Information Exchange (HIE) to improve the timeliness, quality, and coordination of care for Nevadans.

HealthInsight HIE, a community-based exchange, will enable providers to instantly, automatically, and securely receive and share real-time patient information at the point of care. The data will come directly from their electronic health records system (EHRs) and will include patient referrals, laboratory results, radiology reports, submitting prescriptions to pharmacies, and hospital discharge summaries. Patients will be required to authorize the transfer of their data before it is exchanged between their healthcare providers.

“HealthInsight’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, and delivery of healthcare in Nevada.

The launch of the HealthInsight HIE will dramatically further our mission,” said Deborah Huber, Executive Director, HealthInsight Nevada. “We are thrilled with the community support for this important and necessary initiative. We are coordinating with the State, the Broadband Initiatives and other programs that use health information technology to improve health care in Nevada, Together, our collaborations will provide a great value to Nevadans.”

A significant contribution from Southwest Medical Associates, Inc. partially funds the HIE’s launch and initial operations. Additional support was provided by founding members of the HealthInsight HIE: Renown Health, Reno; Catholic Healthcare West, Southern and Northern NV; the Hospital Corporation of America, the Valley Health System, Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, and Healthcare Partners, Las Vegas, Nevada.

HealthInsight has contracted with Axolotl to establish the technical infrastructure and provide the ongoing support and operations of the HIE. Axolotl has demonstrated experience connecting providers who use a variety of electronic health record systems, including large and small hospitals, primary care practices, specialty groups, public health entities, labs, and radiology centers. Axolotl operates the statewide HIEs in Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, and Maryland, and regional HIEs in the tri-state Cincinnati area, Grand Junction, CO, Santa Cruz, CA, Rochester, Buffalo, Queens, Bronx, and Syracuse, NY, South Bend and Bloomington, IN, and Lansing, MI.

Early participants in the HealthInsight HIE, who will begin sharing patient information in September 2011, include primary care and specialty physician groups and hospitals in Northern and Southern Nevada. Plans include expanding the HIE to additional stakeholders across the state of Nevada.

HealthInsight is a private, non-profit, community based organization dedicated to improving health and health care. HealthInsight is an NRHI regional health improvement collaborative; an AHRQ-designated Chartered Value Exchange (CVE); an RWJ Foundation AF4Q community; a Medicare QIO, a state EQRO; a Regional Extension Center (REC) for Health Information Technology; an ONC Beacon Community; and a community health information exchange (HIE) organization.

HealthInsight is a recognized leader in quality improvement; transparency and public reporting; health information technology programs; healthcare system delivery and payment reform efforts; and human factors science research and application. HealthInsight has offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, NV, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit our website at www.HealthInsight.org.