Ohio successfully accomplishes first inter-state direct medical messaging test

Officials at the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) recently announced the first successful use of secure direct messaging technology across state lines, reports Healthcare IT News.

The test was performed successfully using the state’s CliniSync health information exchange (HIE). Experts at OHIP said the test was conducted between a physician’s office in Lima, Ohio and another in Biloxi, Mississippi. OHIP and the Mississippi Health Information Network are both clients of Medicity, a leading HIE solutions vendor based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health IT, praised the test.

“We at ONC are excited to see this first productive use of direct protocols for the exchange of health information between two states,” said Mostashari, as quoted by the news source. “We know [medical informatics systems] can save time, money and lives. But most of all, we know doctors can better coordinate the care they give to patients when they can electronically share that information at the right time, in the right place.”

Fred Richards, chief information and operations officer at OHIP, said the test was an important step in ensuring that healthcare providers improve the standards of care for their patients through the use of technology.

Adoption of HIEs is an important part of the changing healthcare IT landscape. Information Week reports that the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recently released a guide for chief information officers of healthcare organizations, detailing how to implement HIEs to improve patient outcomes.

The news source also reports that according to a recent survey by research and advisory firm Capsite, 80 percent of hospitals are either actively involved in HIE projects or are planning to do so in the near future.

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