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ZibdyHealth Launches the ‘Smart HIE’ Health Information Exchange

ZibdyHealth Launches the 'Smart HIE' Health Information ExchangeThis week, Zibdy, Inc. is announcing the launch of its “Smart HIE” for healthcare providers.

In the past few years, numerous health information exchanges have been established across the country to support medical data interoperability. Almost all of these exchanges have been heavily subsidized by tax payers through federal and state government grants. Now many of these exchanges are facing challenges in trying to attain financial viability, the company explained in a provided news release.

This regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) model also has a number of additional problems relating to patient care. A regional HIE rarely connects all of the healthcare providers in a region, thus leaving many patients unconnected. Given their regional focus, these HIEs are not able to share data beyond their coverage area, also limiting their scope. For those HIEs which are currently operating, another major challenge has been linking patient information from different medical record systems (due to differences in identification data between systems). Some HIEs have resorted to linking patient information with social profiles pulled off of the internet, thus jeopardizing patient privacy.

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Chicago Hospitals Rushing to Health Information Exchange

Chicago Hospitals Rushing to Health Information ExchangeThe Chicago Tribune reported Monday that dozens of Chicago-area hospitals are “banding together” to share secure patient data through an emerging health information exchange.

In all, 34 regional hospitals are participating as of today. Health care officials cited in the report indicate that the effort is meant to help hospitals “better care for patients and reduce unnecessary and expensive tests.”

MetroChicago HIE, scheduled to launch early next year, is an online portal that will allow for patient information, such as lab tests, imaging, health conditions, medicines and treatment, to be shared in real time among hospitals, doctors and eventually patients themselves.

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Nation’s Largest Health Information Exchange Debuts Partnership with AT&T’s Clinical Message Exchange

The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), the largest in the nation, has announced a partnership with AT&T’s Healthcare Community Online to provide a highly-secure, scalable and flexible clinical interface integration platform.

IHIE covers more than ten million patients, more than 19,000 physicians, and over 80 facilities, and currently has more than four billion pieces of clinical data in its repository — delivering three million highly-secure health transactions daily.  It works with hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and physician practices to ensure that health information is where it needs to be, when it needs to be there to help improve care coordination and patient outcomes.

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Verizon Launches Smartphone & Tablet Support On Its Secure Healthcare Identity Solution

Verizon announced recently that it’s expanding the use of its healthcare “Universal Identity Services” (UIS) to smartphones and tablets running Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

Launched in November of last year, UIS is a managed software as a service (SaaS) utility that allows healthcare professionals to access various documents and information using secure medical identity credentials.  For example, physicians can use Verizon’s security credentials to do things like access e-prescribing applications, view and modify Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and securely authenticate various other Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

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