An ongoing challenge for HIEs is, as UHIN's Jan Root puts it, "filling the wells"--that is to say, getting physicians and hospitals to buy into the HIE concept.
HealthInsight will be partnering with UHIN to improve diabetes management performance measures, reduce health system costs throughout the region, and increase availability, accuracy, and transparency of quality reporting.
She emphasizes that UHIN is a business first and foremost.
At the same time, UHIN
is working "very quickly" with [the Salt Lake City-based] Intermountain Healthcare and Utah Department of Health to create full-fledged statewide provider clinical data exchange, Root says.
"I was offered the job here at UHIN
as the CTO," says Burchett, who went on to explain why a company like UHIN
would be better served by a CIO.
W" had been participating in UHIN's clinical health information exchange (cHIE), with Root's mother's permission, her basic health information would have been pulled into a secure electronic database from the doctor's electronic health record.
Root explains that because of UHIN, which currently serves all Utah hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, national laboratories and approximately 90 percent of local medical providers, Utah insurance companies and health care providers are much more lightly integrated compared to other states, giving Utah a head start on electronic medical records integration.
"Using cHIE and with my permission, my doctor can query databases around the state and get my information in real time," explains Jan Root, executive director of UHIN. Any physician could quickly find out what medications you take, what you are allergic to, and what tests and procedures you've already had.
UHIN and cHIE rely on national standards for data coding to store and transmit medical information.
But as UHIN's Root explains, some consumers have become very comfortable with sensitive data being stored on the Web.