Ai and Mirth Now Providing Technology Backbone of HSX
HealthShare Exchange has enhanced its technology structure with selection of two highly respected IT vendors. HSX chose to partner with the companies after a rigorous selection process.
HealthShare Exchange has selected Audacious Inquiry (Ai) to facilitate hospital-based encounter-notification and care-coordination solutions — partnering with Ai for this alert service and additional expertise to benefit all of its members. HSX and Ai have executed an agreement to implement Ai’s leading encounter notification service (ENS) solution and other technology support for HSX’s regional exchange.
Ai is a respected health information technology and policy company that has assisted other health information exchanges (HIEs) with these efforts. An ENS system is designed to alert physician offices and insurance care managers when one of their patients is hospitalized.
“Ai welcomes this opportunity to work with an exchange of the size and unique design of HSX. We are excited to help southeastern Pennsylvania connect hospitals and other medical providers, as well as healthcare payers, who want to deliver better-coordinated more-informed patient care,” says Chris Brandt, Managing Partner of Ai. “We are proud to leverage Ai’s track record of successful HIE implementations for several U.S. statewide exchanges, and fully bring to bear Ai’s collective healthcare IT and policy expertise for the Delaware Valley region that HSX serves.”
The agreement between HSX and Audacious Inquiry will focus on:
- assessing and advancing HSX’s two initial clinical use cases, Automated Care Team Finder and Clinical Activity History;
- deploying Ai’s proven and widely successful encounter notification service (ENS) technology to deliver hospitalization notifications, and related clinical data documents, to Pennsylvania payers, primary care providers, and other care coordinators;
- and leveraging Ai’s relationships with other regional/state HIEs to notify Pennsylvania payers and providers when their patients are hospitalized outside of the state.
Martin Lupinetti, Executive Director of HSX, says, “ENS provides a major opportunity to modernize transition-of-care processes related to hospital visits. In 2015, we are continuing to build a robust and scalable technology platform to deliver to physicians and other healthcare providers — and to insurers — useful and timely hospitalization alerts and discharge data that will improve point-of-care services, follow-up, and disease management. We look forward to working with a respected company such as Ai.”
At the same time, Mirth will now provide HSX with traditional HIE technology infrastructure and Direct secure messaging service. The core HIE infrastructure supported for HSX by Mirth includes:
- an interface engine (Mirth Connect) that builds an interface with hospital health information systems to receive data feeds (ADT, lab reports, C-CDA, radiology reports, and transcribed documents);
- an Enterprise Master Patient Indexing (EMPI) solution (Mirth Match);
- and a Clinical Data Repository (CDR) (Mirth Results).
Mirth hosts these services for HSX at its Denver, Colorado data center. HSX’s agreement with Mirth will extend these services to four million lives in the Philadelphia region.