Against all odds, some of the state information exchanges are starting to work. The NHIN secure network can be utilized by any hospital or provider and here we have the state projects connecting their connected entities. Here’s yet another example of a medical records vendor setting up their network where anyone with an EMR can connect to any other medical records system that is also in network. This is the network and there is also the “Connect” program that helps entities get started, or you can join a network such as the one from e-Clinical Works to where they do the leg work for you. Even HealthVault set up for the Direct project back in February of 2009 and again there are many more that wrote their interface to the Direct program. More information on the implementation on the NwHIN portfolio can be found here.
EClinicalWorks Launches “Join the Network”–Invests $10 Million Over the Next Year to Expand Peer to Peer Sharing Via NHIN Program for Users with eClinicalWorks and For Those Using Other EHRS
“The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) is being developed to provide a secure, nationwide, interoperable health information infrastructure that will connect providers, consumers, and others involved in supporting health and healthcare. This critical part of the national health IT agenda will enable health information to follow the consumer, be available for clinical decision making, and support appropriate use of healthcare information beyond direct patient care so as to improve health.”
Hospitals and Providers Using NHIN (Nationwide Health Information Network) To Connect and Share Medical Records With the VA and DOD And Even With Each Other
With the networks supporting the NHIN this helps to bring more on board at once. BD
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), and Missouri Health Connection (MHC) today announced they are now connected and able to exchange Direct secure messages across state lines.
"By connecting with Kansas and Nebraska, Missouri Health Connection is leading the way towards improved care for patients who cross state lines for medical care," said Mary Kasal, President & CEO of Missouri Health Connection. "We're excited to now be connected to Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois and look forward to connecting with all our border states."
This milestone announcement from Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska comes on the heels of Missouri and Illinois recently announcing they successfully exchanged test messages.