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VA to Adopt Pentagon’s Electronic Health Records System

Health records at the Department of Veterans Affairs will eventually move to the same system used by the Pentagon, the VA’s top official announced Monday.

The move marks a shift from the VA’s previous plan to develop its own system to digitize records. It will bring the agencies closer to sharing veterans’ health information in an effort to solve a problem that has plagued the two departments for decades.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. and Medicity Launch External Connection with the Department of Veterans Affairs

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange (Vermont HIE), and Medicity, the leading provider of population health management solutions, today announced that VITL has launched its external connection to the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), also known as the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) program. This makes it easier for providers inside and outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to share health information for the more than 48,600 veterans who live in Vermont.

Sequoia Project, DirectTrust tout Interoperability Surge

Two major interoperability groups, Sequoia Project and DirectTrust, are exchanging more health records and connecting more provider sites than ever, the companies announced this week.

The Sequoia Project – whose members include Carequality, eHealth Exchange, and RSNA Image Share Validation – marked its fifth anniversary by touting across-the-board growth: The number of health organizations participating in its in initiatives, the size of geographic reach and the volume of data exchanged are all on the rise.

The Sequoia Project Celebrates Five Years with Significant Growth in Enabling Seamless, Nationwide Health Data Exchange

Growth Marked by Increases in Participation, Number of Health Records Exchanged and Connectivity Expansion in All 50 States

Vienna, VA – April 26, 2017 – The Sequoia Project, the leading independent advocate for nationwide health data sharing, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month by announcing that its initiatives – Carequality, eHealth Exchange, and RSNA Image Share Validation – have grown in every conceivable way over the past year, by health organization participants, by geographic reach, and by the sheer number of health records exchanged electronically.

Today, the Carequality Interoperability Framework is widely implemented by more than 19,000 clinics, 800 hospitals, and 250,000 providers. This marks a dramatic increase from one year ago, when Carequality published the nation’s first interoperability framework for trusted health data exchange between and among networks, and 10 pioneering organizations signed up to implement.

The Carequality framework provides a unified health data sharing agreement that outlines how health records are shared. This eliminates the need for individual health organizations to negotiate one-off legal agreements every time they wish to share information with another health organization, which is both time-consuming and costly.

Another Sequoia initiative realizing year-over-year growth is the eHealth Exchange, the largest health data sharing network of its kind in the US. The eHealth Exchange network, which began more than eight years ago as an initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), has grown steadily over the past several years under the stewardship of The Sequoia Project, achieving a 35 percent growth in participation last year alone. To date, the eHealth Exchange connects participants in all 50 states, including four federal agencies, 65 percent of all U.S. hospitals, 46 regional and state HIEs, 50,000 medical groups, and more than 3,400 dialysis centers and 8,300 pharmacies. Combined, the eHealth Exchange supports more than 109 million patients across private, military, veteran, and public care settings.

Both, the Carequality Interoperability Framework and the eHealth Exchange network, are continuing to evolve not only in size but also capabilities and support for its participants beyond standard query for documents utilized by other initiatives around the country. The eHealth Exchange network now allows a dozen use cases including most recently image sharing and life insurance. This month, Carequality launched a new workgroup to improve the content of the health records exchanged.

“We’re experiencing phenomenal growth in building seamless, nationwide health data exchange that unifies providers and patients through a common set of technology standards and rules,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project. “Our comprehensive approach allows health records to follow the patient wherever they receive care, in an integrated way. Using our Carequality framework and eHealth Exchange network, physicians can access a more complete health history while treating patients. This enables them to improve better care coordination for patients by leveraging health IT interoperability.”

The Sequoia Project’s RSNA Image Share Validation initiative uses rigorous technical testing to ensure interoperable and efficient exchange of medical images. This benefits patients and providers with improved efficiency, reduced costs, enhanced quality of care, and standards-based interoperability to spur innovation. This winter, seven companies achieved validation and still others are in the process as the program transitions from pilot to production mode.

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Contact: Dawn Van Dyke
Phone: (571) 346-2439
Email: dvandyke@sequoiaproject.org

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates Connects to GaHIN

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates (AGA), one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the country, has connected with the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the statewide health information exchange (HIE) that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Senior VA IT Officials Indicate Department Will Transition to Commercial EHR

A senior IT official with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) told members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs during a hearing Tuesday that the department will move to a commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record (EHR) system.

Rob Thomas, II, Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Acting CIO, Office of Information and Technology for the VA, testified before House Veterans Affairs committee members during a hearing focused on accessing the VA IT landscape.

At HIMSS17, unlock the power of your data

“Data is the currency of the next century,” says Brian Ahier. And nowhere are health data and data management processes discussed, analyzed and examined more than at the annual HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Envera Health Creates New Market by Extending Health Information Exchange to Life Insurance Industry

Envera Health is launching an entirely new cross-industry collaboration between the health care industry and the life insurance industry. This collaboration will provide a market that helps to further expand the nation’s Health Information Exchanges as well as make it easier for consumers to buy life insurance. By establishing a market for authorized data transmissions and expanded interoperability, Envera continues to lead the industry in creating innovative models to deliver consumer-driven care.

Impact of eHealth Exchange on Nationwide Interoperability

The eHealth Exchange functions at a national level to connect existing health information networks and healthcare organizations to improve the secure and information flow of patient data. Leveraging existing health IT infrastructure is an integral element of the federal plan for achieving nationwide interoperability and successfully implementing a learning health system. The eHealth Exchange is a prime example of this idea in action.

Recent developments demonstrate the capabilities of the nationwide network to forge important connections between healthcare providers and health IT systems.

California, Pennsylvania HIEs Make Health Data Exchange News

Health information exchanges in both states have made deals to strengthen their health data exchange activities.

The year is winding down, but HIEs on both coasts have struck important partnerships to bolster their health data exchange operations.