Co-chairs have been named by WEDI to lead the four workgroups tasked to work on its next-generation health information exchange report. The report is meant to serve as a guide to future HIE technologies, and the four workgroups will look at patient enablement, payment models, data harmonization and exchange, and innovative encounter models.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange will release a wide-ranging report on the state of health information exchange in the U.S. by the end of 2013, updating a report it produced 20 years ago on the subject. "The 2013 WEDI report will identify the impacts of administrative and clinical technologies on the healthcare industry since 1993 and the likely role of emergent technologies in the years ahead," according to WEDI.
A suite of products dubbed HIE Advantage Analytics has been launched by Truven Health Analytics. The tools are intended to help public health officials use clinical and operational data from state health information exchanges.
The Child Health Corporation of America is gathering radiology, microbiology and lab results for inpatient encounters to expand the information included in its database, called the Pediatric Health Information System+, as well as to aid research. The alliance is also employing a terminology management solution to standardize and classify the results from six participating hospitals. "The researchers told us having the lab results will help them to determine very specific diagnoses and also condition-specific outcomes," said David Bertoch, CHCA's vice president of informatics.
The Indiana Health Information Exchange saw an increase in the number of providers and hospitals participating in the network in 2007, according to the recently released 2007 report. "Over the past four years, the Indiana Health Information Exchange has been one of only a handful of health information exchanges that are successfully exchanging data among independent hospital systems," said the IHIE board chairman in a release.