HIEs in Arizona, California connect as part of PCDH initiative

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
HIEs in Arizona, California connect as part of PCDH initiative

Several health information exchanges (HIEs) in the Southwest now will enable providers to share patient information across state lines.

San Diego Health Connect, Santa Cruz Health Information Exchange, and Phoenix-based Health Current are the latest HIEs to connect under the Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) initiative launched in 2016 by the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), the national trade group for HIEs.

SHIEC describes PCDH as “a cost-effective, scalable method of exchanging patient data among health information exchanges (HIEs).”

“PCDH is based on triggering episode alerts, which notify providers a care event has occurred outside of the patients’ “home” HIE, and confirms the availability and the specific location of the clinical data,” SHIEC explains. “This enables providers to initiate a simple query to access real-time information across state and regional lines and the care continuum.”

HIEs in Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, and Nevada also announced over the summer that they have connected to exchange data under the PCDH initiative, which launched in 2016 as a pilot connecting Health Current, UHIN, the HIE for Utah, and Quality Health Network, which serves the western slope of Colorado.

“In the pilot last year, we demonstrated the value and viability of this system of sending patient encounter alerts in real time among HIEs,” Melissa Kotrys, chief executive officer of Health Current, said in statement. “These new connections are building on that success.”

Dan Chavez, executive director of San Diego Health Connect, said the need to connect HIEs in Arizona and San Diego was obvious.

“There is constant travel between Arizona and San Diego, and that means that patients will receive healthcare while they are traveling,” he said. “More complete patient information results in better care, and these connections ensure better information for patients who are traveling.”