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Private HIE’s Will Make Nationwide HIE Possible

Posted on June 14, 2013 I Written By

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We’ve been working for a long time on creating a nationwide HIE. I still remember when I first started blogging about EMR 7.5 years ago we were talking about implementing RHIO’s. I’m sure someone reading this blog can talk about what the exchange of health data was before RHIO’s. The irony is that we keep talking about creating this beautiful exchange of information, but it never really becomes a reality.

As I look at the landscape, there are very few HIEs that are showing a viable business model. The two leaders I think are probably the Indiana HIE and the Maine HIE. They seem to be the two making the most progress. I think there’s also something going on in Massachusetts, but it’s so complicated of a healthcare environment that I’m not sure how much is reality and hyperbole.

With those exceptions, I’m mostly seeing a lot of talk about some sort of community HIE and not very much action. However, I am seeing quite a few organizations starting to take the idea of a private HIE quite seriously. I’m not sure if this is driven by ACOs, by hospital consolidation, or some other force, but the move to implement a private HIE is happening in many health systems.

For a lot of reasons this makes sense. There is a business reason to create a private HIE and you own all the endpoints, so it’s easier to create consensus.

As I look across the landscape, I think these private HIEs could be what makes the nationwide HIE possible. Once a whole series of large private HIEs are in place, then it’s much easier to just connect the private HIEs than it is to try and connect each of the individual healthcare organizations.

Watch for the major hospital CIOs to meet at events like CHIME or HIMSS and discuss connecting their private HIEs. It will create some unlikely relationships, but it could be our greatest hope for a nationwide HIE.

Doctor Mom by Health Tap – Consult A Doctor Who’s Been There

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Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Have you ever been to the doctor and felt like they totally had no idea what you were going through? I know I have. Which is understandable in some ways — I mean, not every doctor is going to have experience with every ailment or condition. However, when it comes to my son…I want to be able to talk to someone who has gone through similar experiences. Sometimes it’s nice for reassurance, or even to feel justified in being concerned about something.

By now, it might seem like I’m border-line obsessed with Health Tap, especially because today, I’m going to share with you their latest feature called Doctor Mom. This company just seems to be really innovative, and is churning out awesome services like crazy. However, I think this is definitely my favorite concept yet.

When you ask a question at Doctor Mom, the question is assigned to doctor, who also happens to be a mom who has raised children of her own. The website lists the following benefits of this program:

  • Emphathetic, compassionate, and caring answers
  • “Been there, done that” answers based on personal knowledge and experience
  • The ability to dive deeper into women’s issues

These doctors know what it is like to be pregnant and to have a child. I’m sure the majority of them have seen many different illnesses, and talked to many paranoid parents. And because of that, they are able to connect better with moms. I’m not saying that male doctors can’t show empathy and be great doctors — my primary care physician, and my son’s pediatrician, both of which I love, are males. But I still love this idea. 

I know I’m always texting my mom or sisters and asking them questions about my son, even though most of the time I know they don’t really have an answer. It’s just nice to get reassurance from someone that has “been there.”  However, I look forward to using this service in the feature!