HSX Update: Aetna Signs On to HSX, and Spotlight Turns on Innovation

Important news from HSX from the final quarter of 2017 and the new year:

Aetna Joins HealthShare Exchange! HSX Services to Benefit More of the Region’s Insured
HealthShare Exchange was pleased to announce this month that Aetna is the newest HSX healthplan member. Welcome, Aetna! With this news, the Delaware Valley’s regional health information exchange (serving Greater Philadelphia, southeastern Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey) now has participation by insurers covering more than 85 percent of the insured patients in the market.  Learn more.

CHOP Latest Major Med Center to Use HSX Encounter Notification
This fall, HSX announced that The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) had recently begun providing admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) data to HealthShare Exchange. CHOP’s ADTs were added to data supporting HSX’s Encounter Notification Service (ENS).  Late in 2017, CHOP also began using ENS itself, receiving encounter alerts when one of its patients has a hospital or emergency department visit. Taking advantage of these invaluable notifications, health system and independent ambulatory practitioners, health plans, and accountable care organizations participating in ENS know when their patients receive care at more than 50 medical facilities across the region.

HSX Annual Offsite Brings Focus on Service Expansion, Pop. Health, and HIE Champions
In November, at the Union League in Philadelphia, HealthShare Exchange gathered healthcare executives and HIT leaders, as well as trustees, staff, and committee and workgroup members for a day of updates and progress. Neil Gomes, Chief Digital Information Officer at Jefferson, presented on the value of HSX Market Street, a new concept HSX is initiating that can accelerate innovation and extend and scale the value of new ideas (e.g., Jefferson’s JeffDocs application).  Learn more.
HSX Technology Directed by CHIME-Certified CIO
Congratulations to our own Daniel Wilt, HSX Senior Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer, for passing the Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) exam of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

HSX Participates in Leading-Edge Health Info. Tech. Testing Sessions
In Cleveland, January 16-18, HSX participated in the annual IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2018, the health information technology industry’s largest interoperability testing event. IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) has been a leading contributor to health IT product validation and interoperability.  IHE USA monitors innovative technology developments. HSX participated in the event’s Plug-a-thons, which extend the continuum of testing activities and explore the potential for new technology to improve healthcare workflows before a defined standard or profile is established, thus rapidly moving the innovations forward.  In Plug-a-thon tracks, HSX promoted topics related to its Market Street endeavor, as well as to mHealth (mobile) apps and the IOT-M (the internet-of-things in medicine). HSX also engaged with other participants on its recently introduced FHIR™ server, to explore data sharing with medical devices and other systems.

HSX Takes Innovation Stage at HIMSS Local and International
HSX is providing an important presence at both HIMSS local and HIMSS national events.  HSX presented at the DVHIMSS Winter Symposium this month and will present at the HIMSS18 annual conference in March.  The symposium, held on January 18 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (DVHIMSS), focused on the theme “Innovation in HIT” New ways to solve problems. HealthShare Exchange staff attended and presented on HSX’s new Market Street initiative.  On Tuesday, March 6, at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Martin Lupinetti, President of  HealthShare Exchange, will partner with Andrea Gelzer, Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer of AmeriHealth Caritas and HSX board chair, to present “How an HIE and Health Plan Innovated to Improve Med Rec.”  The HIMSS conference and exhibition is the largest annual health information technology meeting in the world, bringing together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors.