AK Health Information Exchange Consortium Boosts Interoperability

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By Hannah Nelson

– HealtheConnect Alaska, the state’s non-profit statewide well being info trade (HIE), introduced that it has joined a state-wide collaboration of main HIEs in Alaska to raised assist sufferers and healthcare suppliers via improved interoperability.

The Alaskan-owned and -operated group will be a part of CRISP Shared Providers, a corporation that serves 4 different HIEs within the state.

“Our new companion shares the identical or comparable expertise, making it straightforward for the group to hitch forces with these different powerhouse HIEs,” Nicole Licht, healtheConnect’s communications & engagement supervisor, mentioned in a press launch.

“Whereas the choice to affiliate has advantages by way of serving Alaskans, it should additionally make healtheConnect extra aggressive for this RFP course of and different alternatives sooner or later,” Licht wrote.

In the course of the pandemic, the HIE has supplied improved interoperability between the state and Alaskan suppliers who had beforehand trusted faxing data to report COVID-19-related knowledge. 

The Alaska Division of Well being and Human Providers shared with the HIE that it’ll doubtless be put out for RFP subsequent yr as a consequence of state necessities.

“We’re making vital strides since and the transfer to affiliate with different cutting-edge HIE organizations is a part of the imaginative and prescient to additional the various improvements and successes,” healtheConnect concluded. “As an Alaskan-owned and operated entity that may be a impartial middleman to make sure suppliers have well timed and correct knowledge to raised serve their sufferers, this affiliation ensures the main focus stays on serving Alaskan suppliers and sufferers.”

In December, the HIE introduced the combination of an EHR platform to spice up inhabitants well being administration in rural Alaska.

The collaboration with Collective Medical goals to extend affected person knowledge circulation and improve care coordination.

“With a number of healthcare crises, together with the COVID-19 pandemic and an alarming pattern of elevated overdoses and substance use dysfunction, coordination in healthcare is extra essential than ever,” mentioned Laura Younger, government director of healtheConnect Alaska, mentioned in an announcement on the time of the announcement.

“By collaborating, Collective and healtheConnect Alaska can assist care groups throughout all factors of care with real-time insights and entry to deep scientific knowledge in order that they will take advantage of knowledgeable care selections doable,” Younger continued.

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