How do I find a trading partner on the HIE?
The OneHealthPort HIE recently launched a new web page that contains an Entity Level Provider Directory (ELPD) for use in locating the identifiers, the OneHealthPort Organization Identifier (OrgID) and the Object Identifier (OID) enumeration, assigned to trading partners for transaction and document routing via the HIE. As the trading partner community grows, the HIE will also host a Practitioner Level Provider Directory (PLPD) in 2012. Additional information about this directory will be presented in the HIE updates in the months ahead.
During 2012 the OHP HIE will also host a Washington State HIE Entity Level Provider Directory (WAHIE ELPD). This entity level directory will list any organization wishing to post the HIE or HIO they participate through and what transactions they are ready to send and receive. This directory will include routing addresses and technical contact information for each entity.
For questions about the HIE Provider Directory and identifiers assigned to trading partners please visit the new web page. Information about the OID enumeration for the OneHealthPort HIE read the OID reference document.
More HIE trading partners on the way
The OneHealthPort HIE team continues to work closely with several organizations across the state as they prepare to join the HIE. Overlake Hospital Medical Center, MultiCare Health System, Seattle Children's, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Department of Health, Premera Blue Cross, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, Kadlec Health System, Kennewick General Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Yakima Memorial Hospital, and Inland Imaging are several of the organizations exploring the best ways to leverage their technology investments through the HIE. In addition to making connections to local trading partners, many of these organizations are also facilitating conversations in their immediate trading communities to use the HIE to extend connectivity and information exchange beyond their traditional care service areas. On the national front, OneHealthPort is actively working with LabCorp to coordinate HIE connectivity.
Meaningful use testing with the health information exchange
OneHealthPort, Washington State Health Care Authority's (Medicaid) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, and the Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center (WIREC) are working on an initiative for eligible professionals and hospitals to test and validate readiness for meaningful use through the OneHealthPort HIE. The EHR Incentive Program team is currently reviewing testing objectives and proposed processes. The group is planning to meet again in December to determine next steps. Target roll-out of this program is planned for first quarter 2012.
Expanding health information exchange
Earlier this fall, OneHealthPort met with the states of Alaska and Idaho, and the Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest to examine the policy, technical, and business aspects of expanding health information exchange to state trading partners and the Beacon community. The goal with the initial meeting was to identify what would be required to launch this effort and how best to organize expanded information exchange activities.
Last week, technical teams from the states and the Beacon met to share information about their technical architectures. They also discussed options for technical connectivity that would support information exchange between the states and the Beacon community using national standards and standards compliant with NwHIN Exchange. This group will reconvene in early December to review the options for the technical connectivity as well as the policy and business draft agreement documents.
OneHealthPort is also participating with a larger group of Western States working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to address HIE-to-HIE connections where the NwHIN Direct tools are being used.
NwHIN CONNECT conformance testing
Conformance testing for data submission via the CONNECT gateway of the Nationwide Health Information Network is fully underway. OneHealthPort is pursuing this certification process to connect to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) supporting the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) dialysis quality reporting pilot project with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).
Health IT events sponsored by the Washington State Health Care Authority
On November 29, 2011 the Washington State Health Care Authority is sponsoring two health information technology events:
Washington State Health Information Exchange 101 - This seminar, presented by OneHealthPort, provides an overview of health information exchange - what it is, how it can assist health care organizations, how to join and a progress update on the activities underway at the statewide HIE. Intended audience: beginner level introduction to HIE.
Washington State Health Information Technology (HIT) Forum - The Health Care Authority's eHealth Collaborative Enterprise group hosts this bi-annual forum. The purpose of this forum is to communicate with and engage stakeholders in the planning and implementation activities of statewide HIT programs. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) coordinates statewide HIT programs and activities funded by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
For more information or to register for these events, please go to the www.healthit.wa.gov website and click on the first link under Announcements.
Interested in Learning More about the OneHealthPort HIE?
The OneHealthPort HIE team is hosting webcasts during November and December to provide information about the business value of joining and using the HIE to exchange electronic health information. The target audience for the business value webcast is leadership and administrative staff. Technical webcasts will also be held each month. These webcasts provide an implementation overview of the HIE – how it works and how to connect - and is targeted at information technology staff, consultants and the vendor community. The dates for the webcasts are listed below. To register for the webcasts, please use the following Link.
Business Value of the HIE webcasts offered on:
November 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m., PST
December 12, 10;00-11:00 a.m., PST
Technical Implementation Overview of the HIE webcasts offered on:
November 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m., PST
December 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m., PST
For More Information
Visit the OneHealthPort website.
Register for the OneHealthPort HIE webcasts.
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