Southeastern Penn. Prepares To Build First Data Exchange in Region

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Officials in southeastern Pennsylvania are preparing to set up the region's first health information exchange, with participation from three health insurers and 16 urban and suburban health systems, Government Health IT reports.

Services Offered by Exchange

The not-for-profit data exchange, called the HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, will launch in phases over the next three years, it will focus on offering two clinical services:

  • Sending discharge information to all of a patient's physicians and care team members; and
  • Providing on-demand delivery of clinical and medication history to physicians, hospitals or other health care providers at the point of care.

Martin Lupinetti -- HealthShare's interim executive director -- said the exchange also will include insurer-housed patient data to provide "added information that hospitals don't have, such as all the doctors a patient sees, medications and tests" (Brino, Government Health IT, 5/16).

Contract for State Data Exchange

Meanwhile, the state Attorney General's office is reviewing an $8.9 million contract under which Michigan-based Truven Health Analytics would build the platform for a statewide health information exchange in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority was established to develop and maintain the exchange.

Once approved, the five-year contract would take effect in June.

Details of State Platform

Alix Goss -- Pennsylvania's health IT coordinator and program director -- said that once the contract is finalized, Truven will build the data exchange platform to the organization's specifications.

The state is seeking several features for the new exchange, including a:

  • "Consent registry" that can track which patients want their data shared and which do not;
  • Provider directory; and
  • Records-locator service.

The Authority will enable patients to opt out of the registry if they choose not to have personal health information shared and opt back in if they change their mind (Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/16).

Kate Ackerman
This article has been updated to clarify that the $8.9 million contract being reviewed by the state Attorney General's office is for the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority, not the HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania. -- The Editors

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