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State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) & Missouri Health Connection (MHC) are now Connected HIE to HIE!

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:06 -- Whitney Mayo

SHARE is now sharing patients results with MHC in a phased approach.

  • Phase I: Admission, Discharge and Transfers (ADT) notifications are sent based on the patient’s home of record for all Mercy Hospitals in Arkansas (7 Hospitals) and Missouri (14 Hospitals)
  • Phase II: Connect Mercy hospitals and clinics to SHARE sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • Phase III: Seamlessly deliver patient health information (Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Transcribed Documents) across each state’s boarder based on the patient’s home of record

Little Rock, Arkansas – November, 2018 The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now connected to Missouri Health Connection (MHC) exchanging admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications for patients who live in either state during a phased approach of connection.

This landmark announcement comes after the two health information exchanges are successfully exchanging ADTs with all Mercy Hospitals in Arkansas and Missouri. This is an important achievement to the benefit of patients in both states. It is a great milestone for both SHARE and MHC and we’re happy to implement a solution that allows healthcare providers and hospitals to connect across state borders and SHARE patient results in a HIPAA compliant, secure environment, says Angie Bass, President and CEO, MHC.

By connecting with our border state, Missouri Health Connection will help to improve transitions of care (TOC) for patients who cross the state line. Our collaboration as neighboring states will help providers and hospitals better communicate with one another to better coordinate patient care, and assist in reduction of readmission rates regardless of state borders.

Natural disasters, like tornados in Arkansas and Missouri, present challenges to health systems and providers not only in areas directly impacted, but also to those in neighboring regions who treat patients displaced by the catastrophe. One of the greatest issues: access to patient records. With proper connections, Health Information Exchanges play key role in transmitting patient data. With this connection, both HIE’s will be able to seamlessly deliver patient health information (CCDs, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Transcribed Documents) across each state’s boarder based on the patient’s home of record.

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and MHC are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, identifying potential social determinants of health, potential natural disasters and assisting with payer relations, among other efforts, says Anne Santifer, Executive Director, SHARE.

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

SHARE’s Mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health-related operations.

SHARE’s Vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

For more information, visit:  SHAREarkansas.com

 

 

 

 

About Missouri Health Connection (MHC):

MHC, a private, non-profit, statewide health information exchange network, is one of the largest HIE’s in the United States that provides a secure and private electronic platform to electronically share health information.  Since January 2014, the MHC network has been providing the electronic exchange of health records enabling physicians to quickly and securely access patient health records while treating their patients which has improved the quality of health care delivery by coordinating care, reducing preventable errors and avoiding treatment duplication.  MHC’s network includes more than 109 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and more than 7,000 physicians treating more than 15 million patients.

For more information, visit:  https://missourihealthconnection.org