SHIEC Launches Patient Centered Data Home Initiative Nationally
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.