ICA partners with NYeC to develop connectivity between EHRs and HIEs

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Officials at Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) have announced that they will partner with the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) to develop common connectivity standards between electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs).

A primary goal of the partnership is to develop a series of “plug-and-play” connectivity protocols to make it easier for healthcare providers to access information from HIEs through their medical informatics systems. Interoperability between clinical informatics solutions and integrated delivery networks will be a focus of the initiative.

In addition to its core members in New York, the NYeC also includes healthcare organizations from California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Oregon. Medical informatics developers participating in the project include Allscripts, Greenway Medical Technologies, InterSystems and NextGen Healthcare, according to Healthcare IT News.

“This collaboration is a crucial step towards solving interoperability problems, and we are very happy to have ICA on board,” David Whitlinger, executive director of NYeC, told the news source. “Collectively, this group is now looking forward to widespread adoption and market preference for the products that employ the specifications it has created and will create.”

The need for interoperability standards between HIEs and medical informatics systems will likely increase in the coming months as more states embark upon HIE initiatives. According to Information Week, Xerox ACS was recently awarded a $12 million contract to develop an HIE in Iowa. The system will connect various healthcare providers across the state, including hospitals providing care to Medicare patients.

The project will utilize a Software-as-a-Service model, which will centrally store medical data in cloud-based storage facilities at a range of data centers. ACS will also deploy medical analytics software as part of the HIE, which will enable physicians to access comprehensive patient health information, including treatment histories, medication lists and family medical backgrounds.