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Privacy and Security - More Important than Ever
A Demonstration of HealtHIE Nevada's Health Information Exchange
Patient Consent Pilot Update
HIT In The News
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HealtHIE Nevada is a newly incorporated private, Nevada non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to connecting the Nevada healthcare community by providing real time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information to improve the quality and continuum of healthcare for the patient.


Management of HealtHIE Nevada and its services are performed by HealthInsight, a recognized leader in quality improvement; transparency and public reporting; health information technology programs; healthcare system delivery and payment reform efforts; and human factors science research and application. HealthInsight has offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit the HealthInsight website at

Issue: #004
August 2013

Welcome to the HealtHIE Nevada Chronicle!


In this newsletter, you will find listings of current participants, new endeavors, upcoming events, as well as helpful Health Information Technology (HIT) in the news. We are happy to assist you with health resources, and look forward to many years with you as part of the HealtHIE Nevada extended family! 

The HealtHIE Nevada Team
Privacy and Security - More Important than Ever

Requirements for Core Measure 15


HealthInsight and the Nevada Regional Extension Center want all physicians to be apprised of the complexity of meeting the Doctor Picture requirements for Core Measure 15- Privacy and Security. As we know from the recent security breaches across the country, organizations, physicians, covered entities, and their business associates must maintain vigilance in protecting health information. Taking these requirements seriously will ensure Meaningful Use payments and protect practices, patients, and organizations from potential breaches.


If you are one of the many providers who have successfully reached Meaningful Use, you may not be aware, but early adopters to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program have been subject to Meaningful Use Attestation audits to verify the accuracy and validity of core and menu measures reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).



A Demonstration of HealtHIE Nevada's Health Information Exchange for a Physician and United States Congressman 

Congressman Joe Heck (R, NV-3) Visits HealtHIE Nevada


Congressman Joe Heck (R, NV-3) is a physician with an extensive background working in emergency medical care at the University Joe Heck 2  Medical Center of Southern Nevada as well as in settings related to his work as a Colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves - serving 3 active duty terms, including a deployment to Iraq. HealthInsight Nevada staff recently met with the Congressman to discuss a variety of health care initiatives underway in his district and across the state of Nevada. Because of his background, Dr. Heck expressed a particular interest in learning more about HealtHIE Nevada, the community-based, statewide health information exchange in our State. 


Patient Consent Pilot Update

Patients Consenting at a Rate of 89%


In a recent HealtHIE Nevada Chronicle article, our Pilot Program was explained as the ability to pull patient data from multiple sources using  the HIE. To offer that service patients must consent to being included in HIE results. Thus far, data gleaned from the four Pilot offices has proven that acquiring patient consent is very successful. Patients are agreeing to consent at a rate of more than 89%. They can see the benefit of their patient health information's accessibility in one location to their health care providers. When it comes time to sign the patient consent form, there are very few that are reluctant to sign.


HIT In The News

Health Information Exchanges Grow, But Slowly

A new study in Health Affairs reports that 30% of hospitals and 10% of ambulatory practices now belong to health information exchanges that transmit data across organizational boundaries. That's a big increase from 2010, when just 14% of responding hospitals and 3% of physician practices participated in HIEs, according to an earlier poll by the same researchers. But 74% of the 119 operational HIEs in the new survey -- up from 75 in 2010 -- said they were still struggling to find a sustainable business model.



Why Health Information Exchanges Need Hospitals to Adopt

Health information exchange (HIE) sustainability and the future of these networks generally depend on their ability to create a useful and meaningful use value proposition for healthcare providers. In turn, this value proposition is dependent on the needs of a provider community, which must see the HIE as a helpful and effective tool that supports the delivery of high-quality care at an acceptable cost.




Growing HIPAA Threat - Ignore Windows XP at Your Own Peril

If HIPAA Security, ICD-10, EHR updates, and the explosion of mobile applications were not enough for you to worry about from a health IT standpoint, you need to be very concerned about a real danger that is likely lurking throughout your facility - computers and servers running old versions of Microsoft operating systems. In most cases these are definitely DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) issues.
"How long do I have, doctor?" Starting in less than a year, April 8, 2014 to be exact, Microsoft will no longer provide any support whatsoever for Windows XP, which was the most ubiquitous desktop and laptop operating system in Microsoft's history, with hundreds of millions of copies sold since 2001.

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