The country’s largest nationwide health information network is pursuing expansion plans and is adopting a new technology platform to do it.
The eHealth Exchange will implement InterSystems’ HealthShare suite of connected health solutions to help develop initial enhancements to its network.
The Vienna, Va.-based network plans to accelerate network expansion and introduce new use cases, such as population-level exchange, push notifications, discrete data-level queries, prescription drug monitoring programs and more.
The eHealth Exchange enables federal agencies, 75 percent of the nation’s hospitals and thousands of clinics to share patient records to improve patient care and coordinate care. The organization also supports public health reporting, quality reporting and disability and insurance determinations. The eHealth Exchange now has signed agreements with 59 regional or state health information exchanges.
Some of the new capabilities enabled by the InterSystems technology will use HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). The organization says that the additions to its technology platform are intended to reduce information sharing expense, further expand its national reach and support innovative capabilities such as a national record locator service.
“With a single connection to the eHealth Exchange, our participants will be able to securely exchange patient information not only within our large national network, but also with other Carequality-enabled networks such as athenahealth, CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic and Surescripts,” says Jay Nakashima, executive director of eHealth Exchange. “A one-gateway solution for a network of our size will dramatically increase connectivity for the entire country while saving millions of dollars in IT infrastructure and effort for our participants and their future exchange partners.”
He adds that the eHealth Exchange network’s modernized approach will help healthcare organizations to prepare for pending regulatory changes, such as information blocking and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services interoperability rule, as well as meeting expectations in the ONC’s pending Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).
InterSystems’ HealthShare is a suite of connected health solutions that provides a unified health record and analytics, integrating data from a variety of health information systems and pulls it into one place to give care teams a complete view of the patient, creating a unified, community-wide health record. HealthShare is also used by several large state health information exchanges.