InterSystems and Greater Houston Healthconnect Collaborate to Provide Health Information Exchange Services for 12 Million Patients
Greater Houston Healthconnect, the regional health information exchange (HIE) serving 24 counties in Southeast Texas, today announced it is live with InterSystems HealthShare®, powering the region’s
interoperability and care coordination initiatives. HealthShare seamlessly integrates data from
all electronic health records (EHRs) of providers in the region to enable a unified patient record
which will improve quality, patient safety, and efficiency for the area’s 12 million patients.
The nation’s third most populated city, Greater Houston is comprised of 24 counties spanning
from Houston to the Louisiana border, down to Corpus Christi, and north to College Station.
Despite its vast size, HealthShare seamlessly connects all of the major health systems and 70+
percent of the region’s physician community to the same unified health record to ensure
providers have an accurate, straightforward view of nearly every patient in the Greater Houston
area. This comprehensive view greatly benefits all provider organizations contracting under a
value-based care model.
Longtime InterSystems partner J2 Interactive handled the migration of Greater Houston
Healthconnect to HealthShare from its previous platform.
Greater Houston Healthconnect also leverages a number of HealthShare solutions to provide
unmatched care quality to the local community. Most notably, the HIE has recently entrusted
HealthShare Patient Index to uniquely identify and match patients across all of their caregivers.
Patient Index is also used to manage the informed consent model for patients to opt-in to share
their health information.
“Building the foundation of our HIE on HealthShare will allow us to power 24/7 care delivery to
the millions of people in Greater Houston, and to be more prepared for events outside our
control, regardless of what factors may come into play,” said Nick Bonvino, CEO of Greater
Houston Healthconnect. “HealthShare will ensure that we can deliver the right information, to
the right person, at the right time, and that care quality is never compromised.”
In addition to Information Exchange and Patient Index, Greater Houston Healthconnect delivers
real-time notifications to more effectively manage specific population cohorts under risk-based
“Given the broad patient population in the Greater Houston area, establishing a comprehensive
and unified patient record is critical when it comes to delivering high quality patient care,” said
Don Woodlock, vice president of HealthShare at InterSystems. “Greater Houston Healthconnect
exemplifies what it means to deliver transformational care quality and safety for its millions of
patients, regardless of what external factors may come into play, and is bringing new meaning
to ‘the power behind what matters.'"
"Platform migrations are never easy, but J2, in close partnership with InterSystems and Greater
Houston Healthconnect, was able to complete a successful migration with an ambitious timeline
with no service disruption to existing stakeholders,” added Mickey Yalon, vice president and
chief technology officer at J2 Interactive. “We look forward to continuing to work together to
grow the Greater Houston Healthcare footprint and bring new and innovative service offerings to
the HIE’s participants."
About Greater Houston Healthconnect
Greater Houston Healthconnect is an independent, community-based organization
responsible for enabling information exchange among healthcare providers in a 20-
county region. It is tasked with mobilizing healthcare information electronically across
organizations to enhance the safety, quality, and efficiency of care and improve
information access throughout the region. Key stakeholders include healthcare providers,
payers, employers and the community as a whole. For more information, visit
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About J2 Interactive
J2 Interactive is an award-winning healthcare IT services firm whose deep expertise in
application development, interoperability, and analytics drives innovations in health information
exchange, patient engagement, and population health. Founded in 2001, J2 has established a
reputation as one of the leading providers of customized technology solutions to hospitals, labs,
research centers, and HIEs. J2’s approach is rooted in a fundamental belief that systems
succeed or fail based on how well they serve the people who depend upon them. Visit
www.j2interactive.com and follow them on Twitter @j2_interactive.
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