- Members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) created a method to share data between Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) by alerting providers when a care event has occurred outside the patients' "home" HIE, and confirming the availability and location of the clinical data, the group announced Wednesday.
- The concept of the patient-centered data home (PCDH) would enable providers to send a query capable of accessing real-time information across state lines, making clinical data available whenever and wherever care occurs.
- There are currently nine HIEs participating in PCDH pilots: State Health Alliance Records Exchange, MyHealth Access Network, IHIE, Michiana Health Information Network, Healthlinc, Great Lakes Health Connect, HealthBridge, Kentucky Health Information Exchange, and East Tennessee Health Info Network.
The clinical data collected by the PCDH is integrated into a comprehensive, longitudinal patient record within the patient's data home - the community HIE, according to the announcement from SHIEC, a nonprofit group of state, regional, and community health information exchanges.
Dick Thompson, executive director and CEO of Quality Health Network (QHN) in Colorado, said in a statement the project is based on providers having access to real-time data wherever a patient receives care by providing information across state lines and disparate healthcare systems.
NORC at the University of Chicago recently released a report that found, between 2011 and 2014, HIE adoption saw "considerable growth" driven only by a few states.