HIE "Magic" - Improves Provider Efficiency, Saves Time and Money

As the adoption of health IT progresses and matures, and interoperability becomes more robust, the utilization by providers of health information exchange (HIE) evolves and transforms. In practices/organizations with robust bidirectional interfaces the integration of the HIE becomes seamless. Many providers no longer login to the system multiple times a day as information magically appears (is "pushed" in real-time) directly into their electronic health record (EHR) or care team members access the information on their behalf.

Trying to understand this evolving health IT landscape, we looked to a large, busy Orthopaedic group in Grand Junction, CO, Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates (RMOA). 

Creative EHR/HIE Interoperability Use Improves Patient Care

Stories from the Field


We are always interested in hearing about creative and pro-active usage of EHR/HIE interoperability to improve practice flow and patient care. Recently Tabitha Cardenas, Senior Front Desk Coordinator, at Drs. Miller and Peterson in Montrose, CO shared with us how they were able to gather the vast majority of their patients' Health Fair lab results electronically into their EHR, in an effort to avoid duplicate testing. 



New System Support Continues - Top 5 Likes 
QHN's Clinical Team Continues Outreach & Training to Support User Adoption

The QHN Clinical Operations Team made the commitment to reach out to every QHN connected practice/organization post platform transition. Teaching and training on a new system prior to launch is helpful, but once you actually live in it, there are unanticipated ah-ha moments, questions and issues that arise. 


"It was clear to us, that a renewed campaign of individualized person-to-person visits was needed to complete our training," said Jane Foster, QHN Clinical Director. "Every provider interacts with the system differently and has unique needs. Our users had been comfortable with the prior system for nearly 10 years, it can be hard to adapt, especially in the fast-paced environment of clinical practice."



New Release Enhancements - Share & Send to Me Functions

On March 30, 2015 a new version of the QHN system was loaded, which provides system users with two significant enhancements. The Share and Send to Me Functions now allow the user the option to view a laboratory, clinical documentation or diagnostic imaging report and choose to Share (send report to a provider) or Send to Me (send report to your EHR, providers only) without sending the entire encounter associated with the report.



Hot Topics Conference Call
Date: April 15, 2015 | 12:15-1:15 pm

Topic: Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule

Presenter: Jane Foster, QHN Clinical Director & the Clinical Team  

Cerner and Epic join iPatientCare as CMS Designated Test EHR Program  Participants. 


MU Stage 2's transition of care objective, measure #3, requires EPs, EHs, and ECAHs to either:
  • Conduct one or more successful electronic exchanges of a summary of care document, with a recipient who has EHR technology designed by a different EHR developer than the sender's. - Or
  • Conduct one or more successful tests with the CMS designated test EHR during the EHR reporting period via the Test EHR Program.
Resources are available on the Test EHR Randomizer and the ONC Test EHR pages.

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