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Oct 23 2012   6:28AM GMT

Massachusetts statewide HIE connects hospitals and providers

Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACOs, EHR, HIE, HIway, state

The Massachusetts statewide health information exchange (HIE) began the transfer of summary health records on October 16th, 2012 with Governor Deval Patrick’s health record the first official XML file to be exchanged. This marks the first step for Massachusetts to enable local hospitals, physicians, and accountable care organizations (ACOs) to exchange and collaborate on care using a statewide HIE.

There are currently several systems that have been able to successfully exchange health information in accordance with the appropriate standards as part of this project. Vendors such as Siemens, Meditech, eClinicalWorks, Cerner, WebOMR and others have given many of the state’s health organizations the ability to share medication lists, allergies, problem lists, and additional clinical information with the appropriate stakeholders.

The current model that the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (HIway) provides offers three different options for health care participants to use when connecting. The available options are:

  • Direct-enabled EHR systems
  • Local area network device
  • Secure webmail portal

Consumers and patients will likely begin to see the value of having their medical records available to participating entities as the HIE continues to attract more health care providers and organizations who are looking for better ways to efficiently connect and access their patients’ data.

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