Monday, February 28, 2011

Free Health Information Exchange (HIE)

What's an HIE? According to Wikipedia:
Health information exchange (HIE) is defined as the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations within a region, community or hospital system.

HIE provides the capability to electronically move clinical information among disparate health care information systems while maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged. The goal of HIE is to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical data to provide safer, more timely, efficient, effective, equitable, patient-centered care. HIE is also useful to Public Health authorities to assist in analyses of the health of the population.
How about the concept of a free HIE? This was announced last week at HIMSS11. Here's the press release that describes the GNAX free HIE:

Global Net Access (GNAX) Unveils Free HIE at HIMSS11

ATLANTA, GA –Global Net Access (GNAX), a leading healthcare technology infrastructure service provider unveils a new Free Health Information Exchange (HIE) today at the 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. The GNAX HIE facilitates the direct electronic exchange of patient information between healthcare providers. GNAX will be demonstrating the HIE in its booth 4086 during exhibition hours as well as in the VMware theatre, booth 4079 at 4:00 PM on Monday, February 21st.

As a nationwide HIE service offered at no cost to all healthcare providers, the GNAX HIE is one of the first solutions of its kind. It is an intuitive web-based system accessed via any Internet browser.

"To keep it usable and accessible, especially for providers in rural areas, meant we had to make it web-based with no EMR requirement," commented Jeff Hinkle, GNAX President and Chief Operating Officer.

Providers can login and request information from any other provider. The receiver is notified of the request and then can then login and upload the documents requested. The requester sees that the records are available and then retrieves them with a couple mouse clicks. The whole process can take just a few minutes.

The GNAX HIE is fully HIPAA compliant. All patient and provider data is encrypted at rest and through the HIE portal. All exchanges occur within this secure environment. "In much the same way a bank communicates with its customers, only simple notifications are sent outside the system," explained Janakan Rajendran, GNAX Senior Director of Product Development. An NPI database is included to make provider look-up simple. However, GNAX manually confirms the identity of and verifies that each person requesting to use the system is a licensed healthcare provider.

In developing the HIE, GNAX sought input from stakeholders across all domains, including consumers, physicians, health information technology professionals, provider organizations and education institutions, with significant input from Emory Healthcare, Piedmont Healthcare and Children’s Hospital of Atlanta in particular.

"We have several large healthcare clients, and the more I discussed health information exchange needs with them the more I realized we could really add value by providing the HIE as a third-party," added Mr. Hinkle. "We have always been committed to enabling our clients to do more with less. This is our way of giving back to the healthcare community that has been such a strong supporter of our business."

The GNAX HIE offers three main benefits for healthcare providers:

* Improve patient care – Quick access to a full array of medical records gives doctors the full picture when making care decisions.
Lower costs – As a free service that eliminates needless faxes, phone calls, emails and couriers, the GNAX HIE greatly lowers costs so more funds can be directed toward patient care.
Meet Federal guidelines – The GNAX HIE meets Stage 1 "meaningful use" guidelines for the electronic exchange of information between providers and offers a simple and fast way to satisfy national HIE initiatives.

Stop by the GNAX booth 4086 at HIMSS11 for a demonstration and enter into a drawing to win an Apple iPad. GNAX will introduce the HIE in the VMware theatre at 4:00 PM today as well. As a newly appointed VMware Technology Alliance Partner in healthcare, GNAX utilizes VMware’s vCloud Director platform to help gain reliability, scalability and security for the GNAX HIE as well as other healthcare application services. Learn more at

About GNAX
Global Net Access (GNAX) is a leading healthcare technology infrastructure service provider offering hospitals, pharmacies, labs and many other healthcare organizations HIE solutions, mission-critical datacenter colocation, managed hosting, storage and backup, as well as enterprise level VMware based cloud computing services. GNAX's cloud solutions deliver secure, scalable and self-service public and private cloud solutions that reduce expenses, improve application performance and increase organization agility. GNAX’s 70,000 square feet mission-critical datacenter in Atlanta is SAS 70 Type II certified with Tier-4 power and serves as its home base with an additional strategic facility located in Dallas, Texas. Learn more at

HIMSS11 coverage is sponsored by HP and Practice Fusion. HP’s extensive portfolio of products, solutions, services and relationships can help your healthcare organization achieve quality business practices and provide quality patient care. Practice Fusion's free EHR is the fastest growing Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in the US.  

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