HSX Update: An Anniversary, More Go-Lives, and Refinements in Data Stewardship

Additional milestones for HSX in April and May:

Happy birthday, HSX!
With its friends, supporters, and founders, HealthShare Exchange celebrated its fifth anniversary at the HSX office –– raising a toast to the organization’s accomplishments and to the future of health information exchange in the region. Learn more about the event and the speakers remarks.  See the photos.

Genesis Goes Live with Encounter Notifications
HealthShare Exchange’s first and largest long-term care organization member –– Genesis HealthCare –– has gone live with the HSX Encounter Notification Service (ENS). Care coordinators and providers at five nearby locations of this national system of post-acute care now receive invaluable alerts when one of their patients, post-discharge, is admitted to one of the region’s emergency departments, hospitals, or medical centers. Genesis operates more than 500 facilities nationwide, including locally in West Chester, Pa., and Wayne, Pa., as well as the PowerBack Rehabilitation facilities in Center City Philadelphia and Willow Grove, Pa.

Chester County Hospital Among First to Take Advantage of Clinical Activity History Service
Chester County Hospital, in West Chester, Pa., has gone live with HSX’s Clinical Activity History, making it the third member hospital to do so. Providers at the hospital will now be able to access the recent medical histories of patients who are Independence Blue Cross members. Chester County Hospital leads other Penn Medicine hospitals in use of HealthShare Exchange services.

Embracing the Trust
HealthShare Exchange is in the process of gaining HITRUST certification. The Health Information Trust Alliance has established the Common Security Framework (CSF), which can be used by all organizations that create, access, store, or exchange sensitive or regulated data. The HITRUST CSF provides an efficient and prescriptive system for managing security requirements laid out in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and for achieving and demonstrating compliance with this act and other recognized standards for use of restricted data.

Outpatient Visit Data Now Flowing from Jeff
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-owned ambulatory practices are now providing admission, discharge, transfer (ADT) data to HSX’s clinical data repository (CDR). The step makes this important information available from more than 100 outpatient locations, including some in South Jersey, to other care providers who access HSX’s query portal and to the health plans of patients who are members of Independence Blue Cross, HealthPartners Plans, and AmeriHealth Caritas. This data helps in tracking outpatient physician encounters for care-coordination purposes.

Using the Power of Data to Help Those Most in Need
HealthShare Exchange continues to develop its involvement with Philadelphia’s Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ), including participation in the kick-off meetings for the new initiative, which will tackle health-related issues for certain city populations most in need. HSX will serve on the HEZ’s health and technology committees.  Importantly, it will also provide patient information to its provider members serving the targeted areas of North Philadelphia, including Einstein Medical Center, Hahnemann University Hospital, Temple University Hospital, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. About 300,000 Medicaid recipients live in the neighborhoods in focus for the HEZ.  Learn more.