Back in September I posted about the testing with the National Health Information Network (below) and now it appears the newly created business division called Centergy is ready to go. Everyone is probably familiar with Quest Labs 360 HL7 format for lab results, which has been around for quite a while and the ChartMaxx records management program. Many years back I wrote a simple interface for retrieving labs, but we are way beyond this today and now the company is entering the ranks of aggregating data as well, which is looking to have a lot of competition today with the race to have medical records and system intercommunicate. BD
After an official test of the Nationwide Health Information Network, a health IT company is declaring victory. MedPlus, a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Inc., announced that it had demonstrated interoperability between its regional health information exchange clients (HIEs) and the others participating in the test. MedPlus is supporting three of the original nine NHIN contractors.
However, the MedPlus announcement cautioned that “there still is a great deal of work to be done before the [NHIN] initiative can go live nationwide.” Testing of NHIN functionality in transmitting other kinds of data is scheduled for the remainder of this year.
The NHIN program aims to establish a standards-based, secure system that uses the Internet to send patients’ medical records from one health care provider to another, regardless of location within the United States. Records would be transmitted only when needed for the care of the patient.
The other two MedPlus customers are the New York Clinical Information Exchange and the Long Beach (Calif.) Network for Health. The NHIN development program is sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT at the Health and Human Services Department.
“The company offers its Centergy™ suite of interconnected healthcare solutions and ChartMaxx® document management and imaging (DMI). In addition, MedPlus developed and manages the Care360® Physician Portal for Quest Diagnostics®, the nation’s leading provider of diagnostics testing, information and services.”
Newly named Centergy(TM), the suite integrates and enhances the data aggregation and exchange technologies of the acquired FirstGateways HIT solutions and MedPlus' own proven data exchange, document capture and physician office technologies. It enables hospitals, integrated delivery networks (IDNs), health systems and health information exchanges (HIEs) to share data seamlessly across platforms, enabling unparalleled efficiencies and improved quality of care. MedPlus will demonstrate the technology at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Chicago, April 5th - 9th at Booth 2362.
Centergy is currently used by Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) contractors in California, New Mexico and New York, as well as by some of North America's largest health information exchanges (HIEs), including those in Ohio, New York and British Columbia. Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and hospitals can adopt the Centergy suite without complex IT implementation or wholesale restructure of business operations. Through Centergy, their physicians access a national network that includes more than 85 electronic medical record (EMR) vendors as well as more than 140,000 networked physicians using Quest Diagnostics' Care360(TM) connectivity services.