SHIEC Launches Pa­tient Cen­tered Data Home Ini­tia­tive Na­tion­ally

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE - —Greg Sla­bod­kin

THE STRATE­GIC HEALTH IN­FOR­ma­tion Ex­change Col­lab­o­ra­tive, rep­re­sent­ing HIEs across the coun­try, is launch­ing na­tion­ally its Pa­tient Cen­tered Data Home ini­tia­tive, a se­cure data ex­change sys­tem that alerts providers when their pa­tients have a health­care event be­yond where they typ­i­cally re­ceive care.

Un­der the PCDH ini­tia­tive, HIEs are au­to­mat­i­cally able to no­tify each other re­gard­ing the ex­is­tence of a pa­tient’s med­i­cal records and to syn­chro­nize their iden­tity among par­tic­i­pat­ing HIE sys­tems, pro­vid­ing a na­tion­wide net­work for se­curely shar­ing pa­tient in­for­ma­tion when and where it is needed.

Dan Por­reca, chair of SHIEC’s board of di­rec­tors and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor for HEALTHeLINK, says the ini­tia­tive has been in the works for about two years and that the na­tional launch of PCDH is the re­sult of three smaller re­gional im­ple­men­ta­tions— cen­tral, heart­land and western—in which 17 HIEs col­lab­o­rated to prove the con­cept of in­ter-HIE in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“The HIEs work­ing to­gether to cre­ate PCDH built a pow­er­ful foun­da­tion for in­ter­op­er­abil­ity be­tween HIEs— and we man­aged to do it us­ing our cur­rent tech­nolo­gies,” Por­reca says. “We also cre­ated and agreed to a na­tional, legally bind­ing agree­ment, which laid the foun­da­tion for HIEs shar­ing data with each other across state lines and through­out com­mu­ni­ties.”

PCDH makes it pos­si­ble to achieve health episode no­ti­fi­ca­tion and ef­fi­cient data shar­ing across the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to SHIEC. When a pa­tient is treated at a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity away from home gen­er­at­ing an Ad­mis­sion-Dis­charge-Trans­fer mes­sage, PCDH lever­ages ZIP code in­for­ma­tion in the ADT to au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect that the pa­tient is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment out­side the home area, ex­plains Por­reca.

“It’s about lever­ag­ing tools and tech­nolo­gies the HIEs al­ready have,” he adds.

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