New Partnership to Create HIE for Undeserved Children | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

New Partnership to Create HIE for Undeserved Children

July 17, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

The Children's Care Alliance (CCA) is working with Alere Accountable Care Solutions (ACS)—a Waltham, Mass.-based health information solutions provider—to create a health information exchange (HIE) for underserved children in the Lehigh Valley area of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Backed by the support of the business community, the HIE represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between healthcare organizations and the education community and is poised to move toward improving the healthcare of children in the region, according to CCA officials.

The Alere ACS HIE technology will allow the exchange of student electronic health records (EHRs) between different hospital emergency rooms, clinics, physician offices and school districts in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The HIE, branded as the Virtual Health Village, is expected to help clinicians more expediently access needed information, which should also result in the improved coordination of care.

Twenty-seven percent of the 32,000 Bethlehem Area and Allentown school district students change schools each year, contributing to the problem of fragmented pediatric records. The Children's Care Alliance—a collaboration of local hospitals, school districts and care providers—anticipates greater patient and provider satisfaction and lower healthcare costs by reducing duplicate tests and procedures. In addition to cutting student absence from school, the HIE will benefit parents and regional employers with fewer missed workdays.

"Many children living in this area suffer from chronic conditions including asthma and obesity. The health care systems and community organizations need to rally together," Mike Cirba, CIO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and current CCA Chairperson, said in a statement. "The problem is that care delivery is disconnected. Individual health records are scattered among multiple access points of care. And, unfortunately, vital clinical information is often not available to the local physicians, health systems, and the school health rooms that see these kids. By working with Alere ACS, we are committed to bringing key clinical data sets together for clinicians across multiple organizations."

Topics

News

Stanford and Google Team Up on Digital Scribe Pilot Project

Stanford Medicine and Google Research have launched a pilot project to study the use of a digital-scribe to replace a human scribe in order to save the physician time on data entry and improve physician-patient interaction.

PCORI Board Funds 14 Clinical Effectiveness Research Projects

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) board of governors has approved $57 million to fund 14 new comparative clinical effectiveness research studies.

House Committee Calls on HHS to Enhance Security of Medical Device Components

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take steps to strengthen the cybersecurity of medical devices by focusing on the security of technology components.

Healthcare Industry Leaders Submit Comments on Future of CMMI

Responses to the CMS' request for information on the Innovation Center New Direction were due Monday, and several health IT and healthcare industry organizations submitted feedback on the future of CMMI.

HHS OIG to Review Medicaid Telehealth Payments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) plans to review Medicaid payments for telehealth services to gauge compliance with reimbursement requirements.

Survey: Health IT is Underfunded at European Healthcare Organizations

Health IT is not sufficiently funded and supported at most European healthcare provider organizations, according to an eHealth survey from HIMSS Analytics.