Reaffirming What HSX Has Set Out to Do

Executive Director’s Message

Reaffirming What HSX Has Set Out to Do

The first half of 2015 is seeing significant progress at  HealthShare Exchange.  The office is buzzing with activity as we make great strides in implementation, engagement, and adoption.

  • About 90 percent of HSX hospital members have been scheduled for implementation for Direct secure messaging deployment for our two use cases (Automated Care Team Finder and Clinical Activity History) and for the Encounter Notification Service. 
  • The number of Direct messages sent/received in the short month of February over the HSX platform reached another new high, climbing above 200 per day on average, for a total of almost 6,000 messages.  In addition, most of our hospital members are now providing data to the exchange!  (See Daniel Wilt’s article in this newsletter for more information.)
  • The HSX provider directory continues to grow.  (See Jennifer Natale’s article in this newsletter for more information.)

With this activity, momentum continues to build for realizing the value of HSX.  The undertaking continues to be a total team effort, and it has been great to see the collaboration building out in the field between HSX member entities, staff, and our newly contracted technology vendors.  (See Rakesh Mathew’s article in this newsletter for more on our vendor technology partnerships.)

Progress has permitted us to focus on these areas as well:

  • intersystem connectivity. We are turning increasing attention to message volumes related to intersystem data exchange.  For example, HSX message logs indicate that MainLine Health sent over 1600 messages to Crozer-Keystone Health System and Penn Medicine in the month of February.  This is great news as we strive for more health data exchange (sending and receiving) across different HSX member entities. 
  • further use-case development with insurers and vendor.  All three HSX health plan members (Independence Blue Cross, AmeriHealth Caritas, and Health Partners Plans) have kicked off their use-case development efforts.  And, Ai, our technology implementation and ENS vendor, is also well into its use-case development efforts.
  • FQHC connection. Last month, we successfully connected to our first Federally Qualified Health Center in the region, taking an important first step to bringing FQHCs into to the HSX community.  In working with our FQHC pilot team — Family Practice and Counseling Network (FPCN) and the Health Federation of Philadelphia — we successfully tested receipt of a Direct message containing a CCD (Continuity of Care Document).  (See John Donnelly’s article in this newsletter for more on the evolution of CCDs).  The goal of this pilot is  for FPCN to receive much-needed discharge information messages via HSX from area health systems.  This test brings us a step closer to scaling Direct messaging across the rest of the FQHCs in the greater Philadelphia area. 

If all this isn’t encouraging enough, most gratifying this past month was receiving our final health system reaffirmation.  We now have 100 percent of the HSX membership reaffirmed to our goals and to our financial sustainability model for 2015.  Finally, HSX is also now discussing the HIE Accelerator Grant with the Pa eHealth Partnership Authority. 

Our board chairman, Rich Snyder, MD, and I are look forward to presenting this progress at HIMSS15 on Monday, April 13th.  (See Russ Allen’s article in this newsletter for more information.)

Stay tuned for more!