FIRST STEPS TOWARD FULL STATE-TO-STATE HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE ENABLED BY AI TECHNOLOGY

By: Barbara Koch
DHIN and CRISP, two of the most advanced HIEs in the US, have begun sharing patient ADT summaries, taking an important first step toward exchanging healthcare data across state lines.  Both states use Ai’s Encounter Notification System (ENS) and IBM Initiate master data management systems implemented by Ai.

Until now, healthcare providers have only been able to receive alerts when a patient is admitted to, discharged, or transferred from a hospital within the same state.  A primary care provider in Delaware would never know if his or her patient was admitted to a hospital in Maryland and would not be able to exchange information about the visit to provide follow-up care unless the patient notified him, putting the full burden on the patient to coordinate his own care.  Now, a doctor in Delaware or Maryland can be notified when his or her patient visits a hospital in the other state, and follow up with that patient to manage his care and ensure that he takes any prescribed medications, schedules appointments with specialists, and avoids the need for future hospital readmissions.
Check out this article in Healthcare Informatics to learn more: http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/maryland-delaware-begin-sharing-adt-summaries
About CRISP
The Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients, or CRISP, is a not-for-profit membership corporation advised by a wide range of stakeholders responsible for the healthcare of Maryland’s citizens. We receive input and advice from patients; hospital systems; physicians; insurance providers; technology providers; privacy advocates; public health officials; and advocates for seniors, the uninsured, and the medically underserved.  CRISP is formally designated Maryland’s statewide health information exchange (HIE) by the Maryland Health Care Commission, as directed by the state’s legislature and Gov. Martin O’Malley.  CRISP has also been named Maryland’s Regional Extension Center for Health IT (REC) by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), with an objective of assisting 1,000 primary care providers to deploy Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and achieve meaningful use by 2014.  More information about CRISP can be found at www.crisphealth.org.
About DHIN
The Delaware Health Information Network was created by the Delaware General Assembly in 1997 as a public-private partnership for the benefit of all citizens of Delaware to establish a statewide health information network and to address Delaware’s needs for timely, reliable and relevant healthcare information. With all Delaware acute care hospitals and approaching 100% of providers now participating, DHIN is sharing real-time clinical information to improve patient outcomes, eliminate the duplication of service and reduce the cost of healthcare.  Additional information about DHIN can be found at www.dhin.org.