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

In related news, Kaiser Permanente has joined the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, EHR Intelligence reports.

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).
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