IHS continues to enhance the Health Information Exchange (HIE) to achieve 2014 certification. As part of this development, OIT is working with area sites to implement a local instance of their Master Patient Index (MPI), a required component that matches patient records across facilities within IHS. The HIE will interface with the eHealth Exchange Connect gateway, formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network or NwHIN.
The HIE supports participating I/T/U providers and clinicians in their exchange of Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs), soon to be referred to as the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (CCDA). In order to exchange patient data electronically within the IHS HIE network and across the eHealth Exchange, that data must be in the CCDA format.
The Personal Health Record (PHR) provides patients with the ability to view their patient health history remotely. To facilitate this process, functionality is being developed that will allow the PHR to access the HIE in order to obtain the patient data stored in the CCDA format.
The integration of the MPI, HIE, CCDA, and PHR will prove vital to sites achieving Meaningful Use. These efforts are important initiatives for IHS as they support the agency’s goal to ensure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
To join the HIE Listserv, visit the Health Information Exchange website.