Health Information Exchange

What are my requirements for connecting to an HIE?

The demand for electronic health information exchange from one health care professional to another is expanding along with nationwide efforts to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care delivery.  Meaningful Use requirements, new payment approaches that stress care coordination, and federal financial incentives are all driving the interest and demand for health information exchange.

Currently in New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) is actively engaged in securely connecting healthcare communities to share patient health information needed for informed care decisions. The goal of NHHIO is to collaborate with hospitals, healthcare providers, community health centers, long-term care providers, home care providers, and other clinicians involved in the delivery of healthcare.

Provider organizations can increase efficiency by sharing data using a single electronic network instead of building multiple connections, or using traditional unsecure paper methods.

The achievement to successfully reach Stage 1 Meaningful Use was the result of a total commitment by every department at Cottage, and the pivotal assistance of the Regional Extension Center of NH.

Director of Management Information
Cottage Hospital

In my tiny family practice, the adoption of the EHR and attesting to meaningful use took six months start to finish. With the REC’s assistance, we went through it pretty effortlessly.

Dr. Robin Hallquist
Twin Mountain, NH

The additional support and funding from CMS and the RECNH has helped justify and expedite our IT progress, while leveraging EHR technology has allowed us to do things we never would have been able to do in a paper world. As a result, we are able to know our patients better and make knowledgeable, quicker clinical decisions that ultimately help lead to safer and better quality care.

David Briden
Chief Information Officer
Exeter Health Resources

Did You Know?

RECNH supports a variety of statewide initiatives. We coordinate and collaborate with the Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, and the NH State Public Health reporting initiatives. We are an active member of the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) and support the development of safe and secure health information exchange.

Starting in 2015, Medicare-eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use will have a payment adjustment to their Medicare reimbursement.

In New Hampshire, 1,000 priority primary care providers have been targeted for REC services. RECNH is here to support them and the state’s 13 qualifying critical access hospitals.

There is no specific requirement to connect to a HIE to achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use. In future years, the need for external electronic connections to communicate with providers and patients will become a required component of meaningful use.

RECNH was launched by the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) in 2010 with the support of a $6.9 million federal award. RECNH combines MAeHC’s extensive experience with hands-on New Hampshire experience.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established meaningful use criteria to encourage widespread adoption of EHRs with the goal of improving healthcare quality and efficiency.

To achieve meaningful use, providers need to show they’re using certified EHR technology to improve healthcare quality and efficiency in significant ways that can be measured.

For providers that qualify as a priority primary care provider, there is no fee associated with RECNH services. Other providers are eligible for low cost, fee-for-service consulting.

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