Nebraska, Washington State Step Up Health Data Exchange Efforts


Health data exchange activity is increasing in Nebraska and Washington state, Government Health IT reports.  

Officials say funding from the federal stimulus package could help the states expand their health information exchange efforts further.


The Nebraska Health Information Initiative recently completed a 90-day pilot. NeHII links hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and clinics, according to Axolotl, the provider of the data exchange's underlying technology.

In a statement, Harris Frankel -- a neurologist and president of NeHII's board of directors -- said that implementation of the health data exchange in rural areas "will be accelerated by stimulus dollars made available through ARRA and [the] HITECH Act."

Washington State

The Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative has gone live with a Web-based health data exchange at three critical access hospitals and the Level 1 Trauma Center for Washington state. The health data exchange eventually will be expanded to nine critical access hospitals (Government Health IT, 7/8).

Orion Health provides the health data exchange's platform technology, including clinical messaging software, a master patient index and a clinical data repository (Goedert, Health Data Management, 7/8).

Funding for the health data exchange is provided by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration and a grant from the Washington State Department of Health's Office of Community and Rural Health (Government Health IT, 7/8).

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