etHIN Receives TN Medical Association’s 2018 Community Service Award
East Tennessee Health Information Network was honored to be chosen by the Tennessee Medical Association as a 2018 Community Service Award recipient. The awards were presented during the TMA Annual Meeting on May 5, 2018.
TMA’s Community Service Awards, presented since 1976, recognize the contribution of organizations and individuals outside the medical profession who significantly advance the overall public health and well-being of their communities. etHIN was nominated for the Award by the Knoxville Academy of Medicine in recognition of etHIN’s work in community-wide electronic medical record sharing in East Tennessee. etHIN has been exchanging data since 2012 and has received more than 192 million clinical records from its members since that time.
Accepting the award on behalf of etHIN is etHIN Board President and Covenant Health Senior Vice President Mike Ward, right. The award was presented by TMA Board of Trustees Chair Peter J. Swarr, MD, left.
Finding Public Health Reporting Options
Participating providers seeking Public Health reporting options in TN should review the TDH Declaration of Readiness to determine currently available Public Health or Specialized registry options. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the Registry of Patient Registries (RoPR) would replace the Centralized Repository created in 2016.
It is the desire of CMS to use RoPR as the centralized source of information for MIPS eligible clinicians, Medicaid eligible professionals, Medicare and Medicaid eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals looking for public health and clinical data registries for electronic reporting options. Participation in the Centralized Repository by public health agencies, clinical data registries, and specialized registries is voluntary.
The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is in the process of evaluating the RoPR system. TDH will be working with the Meaningful Use (MU) Public Health (PH) Reporting Requirements Task Force to review the system and establish the next steps before registering TDH surveillance systems and registries. Tennessee Public Health reporting options will not be displayed in the RoPR until after TDH has completed a thorough evaluation. Current or future TN Public Health Reporting options will always be available at the TDH Declaration of Readiness website.
etHIN Statistics Now on Website
A Statistical Dashboard has been added to the etHIN website to provide the healthcare community monthly updates on the information that is available through etHIN. While a quarterly statistical update is included in this newsletter, adding a dashboard to the etHIN website provides detailed information on a more frequent basis.
Information in the dashboard includes total number of clinical messages received by message type, including ADTs, Labs, Radiology, and more. Find the dashboard by going to www.ethin.org, and then clicking on the Statistical Dashboard image (below) on the etHIN home page.
Welcome New etHIN Members!
New Data Available through etHIN
New Data Providers
- Cherokee Health System – Labs
- Summit Medical Group – Advanced Directives
- Tennessee Cancer Specialists – Patient Demographics
- Cherokee Health System – Medications
- Premier Surgical Associates – Patient Demographics, Encounter Information
Join Your Peers…
Organizations that participate in etHIN save time and have access to more data, allowing them to provide more informed care to their patients. Call 865-691-8433 or click below to find out how etHIN can help your company.