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New Study Finds Accessing Patient Records in the HIE Improves Quality and Operational Efficiency

Emergency Departments Reduced Length of Stay by 7% and Odds of Readmission by 4.5% when Attending Physician used the HIE to Find Patient Records A new groundbreaking study of hospital emergency departments has found that hospitals can significantly improve both the quality of care and operational efficiency when their physicians access a patient’s medical records in the Health Information Exchange (HIE). Specifically, the study

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etHIN Connects to Additional HIEs to Improve Patient Healthcare

The East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) is now connected to and sharing health information with five other Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) across state lines, completing another successful step in the Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) initiative. The six HIEs, located in four states that are part of the I-75 corridor, are etHIN, in East Tennessee; Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), Michiana Health Information

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A Successful Milestone in the Heartland Could Advance HIE Interoperability Nationwide

December 15, 2016 – Three health information exchanges (HIEs) that are part of a larger pilot to develop and test a “Patient Centered Data Home,” hit a major milestone today and are now successfully exchanging patient health data among their systems and across state lines. The East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN), Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), and Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN) reached

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etHIN Participates in Heartland Project to Improve Flow of Health Data

SHIEC Heartland Project Tests “Patient Center Data Home” KNOXVILLE TN – The East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) is working with six other health information exchanges (HIEs) in four states as part of the Heartland Project to improve the flow of health data for patients. As part of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) Heartland Project, led by The Health Collaborative in Cincinnati,

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etHIN Selects IMAT Solutions for Big Data Management

Knoxville,TN   March 17, 2016 – East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN), a non-profit, joint community Health Information Exchange serving almost 1.6 million patients across 20 counties in East Tennessee, and IMAT Solutions, a leader in delivering innovative, real-time, healthcare data management and reporting technologies, announced today that etHIN will implement the IMAT platform to support its base of local hospitals, physicians and community healthcare

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Learn What Your Peers are Saying About Using etHIN

etHIN surveyed a representative sample of physician practice clinical portal users in January 2016 and was very pleased to receive responses from 63% of those surveyed. Replies were overwhelmingly positive, with suggestions for additional functionality along with more and additional data types to be added to the HIE. Following are just a few of the responses to the survey questions related to time savings,

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The Regional HIE Should be Your First Stop for Interop

By Don Lee, Vice President at Algonquin – Connecting Healthcare One of the biggest hurdles to Health Care interoperability is that there are so many people working on Health Care interoperability. Every IT department in every practice group and hospital is spending time on it. They’re all “rolling their own”, and it isn’t sustainable. The answer of course is collaboration, but there are lots

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HIE Access for Pharmacists – Benefits and Barriers

January 12, 2016 Knoxville community pharmacist Boldin uses East Tennessee Health Information Network every day Community pharmacists don’t necessarily know when their patients are admitted to the hospital. They don’t have universal access to patients’ labs. If patients use multiple pharmacies, community pharmacists may not have a complete list of their medications. These pieces of information, however, are crucial to patient safety and outcomes

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The Importance of Connected Healthcare

Dr. Jack Lacey, Chief Medical Officer University of Tennessee Medical Center As a practicing physician, access to the most complete patient data possible in real time is key. This helps me make the best decisions with my patients and gives them the best care outcomes. A connected, informed healthcare system is safer, more effective, and less costly overall than any other way of providing

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