16 HIOs Form Consortium To Address Data Sharing Across States
February 21, 2014 in News
Sixteen health information organizations in Midwestern states have joined together to form the Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations to address data sharing limitations among providers, FierceHealthIT reports (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 2/20).
Details of Consortium
The groups will use the Direct secure messaging protocol developed by the federal government, as well as the Cross-Community Access profile developed by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 2/20).
The group will focus on various issues, such as:
- Data use agreements; and
- Secondary data use.
According to an announcement, the consortium’s goal is to ensure patients’ medical records will follow them from one provider to another. Specifically, the group aims to:
- Share patients’ medical data across state lines in a secure, connected system;
- Advocate for more information sharing, like query-based HIE; and
- Address clinical challenges of rural areas.
Details of Members
The organizations that have joined the group include:
- Colorado Regional Health Information Organization;
- Community Health Information Collaborative in Minnesota;
- Coordinated Care Oklahoma;
- Health Information Network of Arizona;
- HealthShare in Montana;
- Idaho Health Data Exchange;
- Iowa Health Information Network;
- Kansas Health Information Network;
- Missouri Health Connection;
- MyHealth Access Network in Oklahoma;
- Nebraska Health Information Initiative;
- North Dakota Health Information Network;
- Quality Health Network in Colorado;
- South Dakota Health Link at DOH;
- Southeast Texas Health System; and
- SMRTNET in Oklahoma.
The Community Service Council of Tulsa, Okla., has also joined as a supporting member — although it is not an HIO — and the consortium is looking for additional members. (FierceHealthIT, 2/20).
Kaiser Permanente Joins Colo. HIE
The state-developed CORHIO currently serves:
- More than 1,300 office-based providers;
- 123 long-term and post-acute care facilities;
- 31 hospitals;
- 21 behavioral health centers; and
- Three medical laboratories (Freeman, EHR Intelligence, 2/18).