This past month brought a celebrative signing-on for HIE cooperation and new services adoption:
- Unprecedented Gathering of Region’s Healthcare Leaders Brings Collaborative Agreement for Information Sharing
CEOs and key executives of the healthcare systems and insurers in the Philadelphia area came together on Independence Mall on September 14, 2016, to celebrate their participation in HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (HSX). The leaders recognized their organizations’ HSX participation agreements by signing a commemorative document of cooperation with one another in health information exchange (HIE). See the event page with photos, press coverage, and more.
- Roxborough Memorial Hospital Begins Use of Care Team Finder
Prime Healthcare’s Roxborough Memorial Hospital has gone live with HSX’s Automated Care Team Finder (ACTF). This service uses the patient’s member identification with his or her healthcare insurer to identify the patient’s primary care provider. With this information, medical centers route Continuity of Care (C-CDA) documents, containing hospital discharge information, to HealthShare Exchange. HSX, in turn, routes the document –– leveraging its Provider Directory –– to the patient’s primary care provider using Direct secure messaging. In September, Roxborough Memorial sent 141 messages to care providers based on the ACTF service. This activity aids the hospital in achieving CMS-defined Meaningful Use of electronic health information goals in the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. HSX provides its member organizations with reports on number of messages delivered each month.
- More Ground-Breaking Adoption of Encounter Notification
This past month has seen an important new set of go-live’s with HSX’sEncounter Notification Service (ENS):
- Philadelphia-Camden Integrated Kidney Care became the first clinical collaborative –– in this case, an ESRD Seamless Care Organization (ESCO) in the Medicare Comprehensive ESRD (End-Stage Renal Disease) Care model –– to go live with ENS.
- West Chester Family Practice became Penn Medicine’s first outpatient practice to go live with ENS.
- Jefferson Medical Oncology Associates Group became one of the first specialty practices to go live with ENS.
Care coordinators and providers at these entities now receive invaluable alerts when one of their patients is admitted, discharged, or transferred within the region’s hospitals and medical centers.
- Nursing Facility is First to Use Hospital Encounter Data
Willowcrest Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center –– the largest subacute skilled nursing facility in the Philadelphia region, located on the Einstein Medical Center campus –– is the first transitional care provider to go live with access to HSX’s Clinical Data Repository (CDR) . Such facilities serve as a bridge between hospital and home for patients who no longer require inpatient care at an acute facility but still need nursing care or therapy. (The CDR is a database that collects and retains medical-records data about patients served by HSX membership, permitting a patient’s provider or care team to query the exchange for recent clinical information on the individual, for treatment purposes.) Care managers and providers at Willowcrest now gain use of this database for patients across the HealthShare Exchange membership, allowing them to retrieve recent medical history about their admitted patients.
- Einstein Becomes Next to Include its Patient CCDs in Data Feed
Einstein Healthcare Network has entered the vanguard of HSX members now contributing Continuity of Care (C-CDA) documents to HSX’s Clinical Data Repository (CDR). This information on patients cared for at Einstein becomes accessible for all HSX member organizations making use of the CDR.
- New HSX Marketing Slogan Challenges Providers and Payers to Exchange
At its commemorative signing event last month, HSX unveiled its new marketing tagline: “Caring means sharing.” Today, providing the best, most-informed healthcare and coverage includes the ability to share and retrieve clinical patient information electronically across the medical service area. The tagline recognizes this need and encourages the region’s healthcare payers and providers to contribute to and make use of HIE data.
- Engagement & Adoption Coordinator and Admin. Assistant Added to HSX Staff
HSX welcomes Julie Strulson and Fatima Coston to its full-time staff.
- Extra: HSX Executive Director Martin Lupinetti (president elect of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, DVHIMSS) was featured in City & State Pennsylvania as a Pa. healthcare innovator for helping to launch health information exchange in the Delaware Valley.