Welcome!

News Feed Item

Indiana Hospitals Meet Federal Requirements to Enhance Patient Safety Efforts with New Technology

Over the course of the past decade, the Indiana Health Information Exchange has been a leader in the effort to align technology with improved patient outcomes. In its latest advancement, IHIE can now deliver a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) on behalf of hospitals. A CCD can enhance communication and coordination as a patient moves from one facility to another, but its delivery poses a technology challenge that IHIE has been able to overcome.

The value of a CCD is best presented through a real-world scenario:

A woman in her 50’s is prescribed a blood thinner by her physician. She becomes ill with pneumonia and is hospitalized. At the end of her hospital stay, she receives her discharge medication orders, but at a different dose than what was prescribed by her physician. When her physician receives a continuity of care document from the hospital, he notices that she was given instructions to take double her recommended dose. The CCD enabled her physician to make sure the error was corrected and avoid potentially serious consequences to the patient.

In this real-world scenario, the CCD summarized the care this patient received while in the hospital, including discharge orders and prescriptions. The ability to deliver this kind of document required an enhancement to IHIE’s existing technology, specifically its DOCS4DOCS® (D4D) electronic results delivery service. It was supported, in part, through federal funding from the State of Indiana’s health information exchange program.

Seventy-two of IHIE’s network of 102 hospitals have signed up for this service, including the state’s largest health systems. It is expected that more will be participating in the coming months. In May 2014, over 20,000 CCDs were delivered on behalf of the participating hospitals, which is in addition to the 14 million test results and other reports that IHIE already delivers each month through the D4D service.

Further, under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) incentive payments. Since the participating hospitals are utilizing their EHRs to send these documents through IHIE, they can fulfill certain requirements by the federal government to enhance public health, patient engagement and transition of care objectives within Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

“IHIE has been able to solve an extremely difficult problem in the healthcare system by coming up with an elegant and relatively easy solution for our customers to help them meet these requirements,” said John P. Kansky, interim President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange. “We are able to work within providers’ existing workflow, without the need for a separate, secure email based solution. The breadth and expertise of IHIE’s unique network has enabled us to offer these kinds of “value-added” solutions, which would be difficult to achieve on a smaller scale.”

IHIE meets all requirements from the federal government to provide a secure connection for this effort through its participation in the eHealth Exchange, a national public/private collaboration that supports a common set of standards and specifications that enable the establishment of a secure, trusted, and interoperable health information exchange.

About the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE)

IHIE operates the nation’s largest health information exchange, providing a secure and robust statewide health information technology network that connects over 100 hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, community health clinics and other healthcare providers in Indiana.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Kubernetes, Docker and containers are changing the world, and how companies are deploying their software and running their infrastructure. With the shift in how applications are built and deployed, new challenges must be solved. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, will discuss the implications of containerized applications/infrastructures and their impact on the enterprise. In a real world example based on Kubernetes, he will show how to ...
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abil...
With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions wi...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
I wanted to gather all of my Internet of Things (IOT) blogs into a single blog (that I could later use with my University of San Francisco (USF) Big Data “MBA” course). However as I started to pull these blogs together, I realized that my IOT discussion lacked a vision; it lacked an end point towards which an organization could drive their IOT envisioning, proof of value, app dev, data engineering and data science efforts. And I think that the IOT end point is really quite simple…
Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit, render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications. Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the most up to date versions of each of Aspose .NET APIs. If a new .NET API or a new version of existing APIs is released during the subscription peri...
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Qosmos has announced new milestones in the detection of encrypted traffic and in protocol signature coverage. Qosmos latest software can accurately classify traffic encrypted with SSL/TLS (e.g., Google, Facebook, WhatsApp), P2P traffic (e.g., BitTorrent, MuTorrent, Vuze), and Skype, while preserving the privacy of communication content. These new classification techniques mean that traffic optimization, policy enforcement, and user experience are largely unaffected by encryption. In respect wit...
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addres...
Is the ongoing quest for agility in the data center forcing you to evaluate how to be a part of infrastructure automation efforts? As organizations evolve toward bimodal IT operations, they are embracing new service delivery models and leveraging virtualization to increase infrastructure agility. Therefore, the network must evolve in parallel to become equally agile. Read this essential piece of Gartner research for recommendations on achieving greater agility.