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.

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