Philadelphia, Pa. / Irvine, Ca., June 18, 2015 — HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern PA (HSX) has entered into an agreement with Mirth, LLC, for technology infrastructure and clinical messaging for the Philadelphia area’s health information exchange (HIE). HSX is the nonprofit health information organization formed by the Delaware Valley region’s healthcare insurance companies and hospital health systems for the purpose of electronically exchanging patient care information throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Mirth, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a global leader in health information technology. Mirth provides services to health information exchanges nationwide.
Under the agreement, Mirth will support these core HIE functions for HSX:
- simple, secure messaging (Mirth® Mail) using the Direct protocol and a provider directory to send and receive referrals, care alerts, test results, and other clinical communications;
- a data interface/integration engine (Mirth® Connect) that builds connections with hospital health information systems to receive data feeds, including ADT (admission-dishcarge-transfer) alerts, continuity-of-care documents, lab reports, radiology reports, and transcribed documents;
- a master patient index (Mirth® Match);
- and a clinical data repository (CDR) (Mirth® Results).
Founded in 2009 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2012, HSX is a collaboration of southeastern Pennsylvania’s major healthcare stakeholders, including regional insurance plans and acute care facilities and health systems. With the Mirth capabilities, HSX will enable its members — which span more than 50 hospitals, medical practices, clinics, and insurers — to work together to share patient clinical records and claims data, with the information accessible at the point of care, regardless of care setting and electronic health record (EHR) system.
Mirth has more than 40 such HIE clients. These include Health Information Network of Arizona; Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP), in Maryland; Quality Health Network, in Western Colorado; and HealtheConnections, in New York.
According to Martin Lupinetti, executive director of HSX, the exchange has a goal to connect nearly 100 percent of approximately 15,000 providers, and virtually all hospitals, in the greater Philadelphia area, as well as community health centers, City of Philadelphia health clinics, and participating health plans. “Our market and our state have significant opportunities to make greater use of health information exchange to produce meaningful benefits for the healthcare system,” says Lupinetti. “Employing Mirth solutions, we can build a more mature health information exchange and support our role as a health information service provider (HISP) — making information in electronic health records available for secure use across the system, from and to entities with different record systems. I am confident that with Mirth powering our engine, HSX will be equipped to enable medical centers, insurers, and practice offices to share information needed to make patient care more informed, more efficient, and more effective, regardless of the health information technology platforms used in each provider environment.”
Says Jon Teichrow, senior vice president of research and development for Mirth, “With its scale, number of health system members, and inclusion of claims data in its service design, HSX is a unique and ambitious undertaking in the HIE realm. It stands to set precedents in overcoming interoperability challenges and serve as an example for building an HIE in a major, concentrated population area, with many competing providers and insurers. Mirth will supply a range of support to help this exchange succeed in making real-time health information broadly available across disparate systems and different care and payer organizations.”
HSX’s agreement with Mirth will help to extend the benefits of health information exchange to some four million lives in the greater Philadelphia area and eventually millions more in the surrounding region. Mirth will host services for HSX at its Denver, Colorado, data center.
About HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (HSX)
HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (HSX) is a non-profit health information exchange organization serving the Delaware valley. Founded in 2009, HSX facilitates the exchange of patient data between hospitals and insurers within the region. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization, HSX was formed as a collaboration among major healthcare stakeholders, including health plans and acute-care hospitals across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to enable the electronic exchange of patient information to improve patient outcomes and to manage and lower healthcare costs. For more information, visit http://www.hsxsepa.org/.
Mirth, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., is a global leader in health information technology that helps clients achieve interoperability across silo-structured data systems. Mirth's solutions are used daily by thousands of health professionals and institutions worldwide to streamline care management processes and to securely exchange health information across enterprises, communities and broad geographies. For more information, visit www.mirth.com.
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