Philadelphia, Pa., October 26, 2016 — Marking a significant milestone in statewide health information exchange, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSX) today announced that HSX is connected to — and has been sharing data on — the PA Patient & Provider Network, or P3N. HSX is the regional health information exchange (HIE) for southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership (a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, DHS) has established P3N to permit HIEs from across the state to exchange patient information needed for care.
HSX has joined Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE), Mount Nittany Exchange (MNX), St. Luke’s University Health Network’s eVantageHealth, and ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange, as a participant in the P3N. With connectivity underway, eVantageHealth is now accessing information in HSX’s Clinical Data Repository.
“This is a major step forward for patients, who will benefit from improvements in care coordination, patient safety, and healthcare quality, particularly when they are away from their local healthcare providers,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “This will further bring to fruition the promise of using electronic health information exchange in our state to make medical services for Pennsylvanians even better.”
Martin Lupinetti, Executive Director of HealthShare Exchange, said, “This means that providers in other regions of the state have begun accessing critical health records of the four million Delaware Valley residents in HealthShare Exchange’s database, when they need to retrieve medical history at the point of care. We will likewise look forward to offering our area healthcare-provider members access to a Pennsylvania-wide network of patient clinical information, through the P3N.”
Last month, HSX registered more than 95,000 of its regional patients in the P3N. In the month of September alone, 364 of those patients had healthcare encounters with eVantageHealth HIE member organizations, which serve the eastern Pennsylvania area. eVantageHealth was able to query HSX’s Clinical Data Repository on those patients and retrieve medical information (including healthcare-encounter records, continuity of care documents, and discharge summaries) relevant to the recent healthcare history for these individual patients.