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.
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.
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.
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.
Heywood Hospital and Gardner Visiting Nurse Association (GVNA) have developed a strong care delivery partnership. Their care coordination improved because the two organizations committed to sharing patient lab results electronically through the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway), the statewide health information exchange (HIE).
A recent article in Imaging Economics, a monthly journal focusing on radiology and other imaging technologies, examines the benefits of the health information exchange (HIE) and features the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway) and several comments from Sean Kennedy, HIE director at MeHI.