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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.