Recently the FY15 HIMSS Interoperability and HIE Committees conducted a nationwide survey on Direct messaging to learn how the marketplace is using Direct to facilitate health information exchange (HIE). Direct messaging was intended to increase interoperability, and this survey was intended to provide visibility on the use and value of Direct.
The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) is a proud partner of the 9th Annual National Health IT Week – a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituencies dedicated to working together to elevate health through the best use of information technology. During this week, we at MeHI join hundreds of organizations and industry influencers in the week’s activities.
The adoption of health information technology (Health IT) and its effective use continues to progress across Massachusetts. To further advance and promote Health IT throughout the Commonwealth and measure its impact, MeHI is developing a new community-based initiative – Connected Communities.
UMass Memorial Health Care (UMass) and Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) launched their connection to the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway) in May when MRMC began sending patient lab results electronically to UMass, an achievement that represents a significant step forward for secure and efficient transfer of patient information in Massachusetts and better overall care outcomes.
Under Massachusetts’ law, a patient must ‘opt-in’ before a Mass HIway Participant can use the secure, statewide network to send and receive data for that patient’s care. Specific requirements are outlined in the Mass HIway Agreement Policies and Procedures.
The Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway) has reached a new milestone with its first HISP to HISP connection, an achievement that immediately benefits patients and providers at a group of Winchester, Mass.-area health care organizations and lays the groundwork for similar connections across the Commonwealth that can improve care quality through the secure and efficient transfer of electronic patient information.