HHS doles out $2.5M to increase HIE public health emergency response

HHS announced Sept. 30 brand-new cooperative arrangements totaling $2.5 million to five health info exchanges to improve data sharing among regional public health agencies during public health emergency situations..

HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is administering the financing through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. With the financing, the five HIEs will work to strengthen their interoperability services so public health agencies can better share, gain access to and use health details throughout emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic..

Jackie Drees –
Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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Here are the 5 HIEs receiving the financial awards:.

1. Georgia Health Information Network will support the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Department of Community Health by increasing health information reporting to a state-wide COVID-19 computer registry and expanding public health reporting for suppliers not linked to the HIE..

2. Health Current (Arizona) will support the Arizona Department of Health Services by improving the timeliness and accuracy of health centers reporting COVID-19 information, consisting of personal protective equipment inventories and ventilator usage and inventory..

3. HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania will execute automated application shows interfaces to support COVID-19 reporting among the Philadelphia public health department, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and the Pennsylvania Department of Health..

4. Kansas Health Information Network will use HIE information to develop COVID-19 computer registries for public health agencies and enhance COVID-19 electronic lab reporting..

5. Texas Health Services Authority will pilot a real-time, automatic exchange of medical facility capability and other situational awareness information utilizing APIs. The system will support the Texas Department of State Health Services, regional health departments and health care companies throughout the state.

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Texas Health Services Authority will pilot a real-time, automated exchange of hospital capability and other situational awareness information using APIs. The system will support the Texas Department of State Health Services, local health departments and health care organizations across the state.

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