Hielix and MEDNET Selected to Support Financial Sustainability Planning for Iowa’s Statewide Health Information Exchange

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Leading Health IT Experts Will Develop Strategic Business and Financial Sustainability Plan to Ensure a Fiscally-Sound HIE

Hielix, a leader in creating operationally sustainable, open solutions to seamlessly exchange health information, and MEDNET, the leader in Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) connectivity and Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions, have been selected by the State of Iowa to develop a strategic business and financial sustainability plan to support a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).

The contract, facilitated by Iowa e-Health – a collaboration created by the Iowa Department of Public Health to plan and promote the adoption and use of health information technology across the state – commences a critical first step in the HIE planning phase, as detailed in the 2010 Iowa e-Health Strategic and Operational Plan submitted to Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

“Financial sustainability is vital to the success of Iowa e-Health’s health information exchange,” says Kim Norby, Iowa e-Health Executive Director. “We look forward to working with the Hielix-MEDNET team, who bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to help us determine the best possible way for ensuring long term viability of the HIE.”

In March, ONC awarded Iowa $8,375,000 to establish a statewide HIE by 2014 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009’s HITECH provision. Iowa’s Strategic and Operational Plan describes the strategies and activities that will be necessary to advance adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and establish a statewide HIE. Although the plan is pending approval, Iowa e-Health moved quickly to engage Hielix and MEDNET to create a financial sustainability plan for the HIE.

“We are grateful to the Iowa Department of Public Health for awarding us this contract and applaud their groundbreaking effort to improve the quality of patient care and reduce health costs,” said Patti Dodgen, CEO of Hielix. “We look forward to working with MEDNET and the state to create a realistically achievable, long term and fiscally sound business and financial sustainability plan to support a statewide HIE.”

In addition to Iowa, Hielix is currently providing health IT solutions for Nebraska, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada and the U.S. island territory of Guam. The company also was responsible for designing and constructing the Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) for rural Arizona and various counties in Florida.

The Hielix-MEDNET partnership incorporates Hielix’s ability to seamlessly integrate health IT solutions into new and existing health delivery models with MEDNET’s technical expertise in achieving data interoperability and NHIN connectivity between healthcare providers and HIEs.

About Hielix
Hielix creates operationally sustainable, open solutions for seamlessly exchanging healthcare information. Hielix works with healthcare providers, including physician practices, hospitals and regional/state healthcare organizations to seamlessly integrate health IT (HIT) solutions with minimal disruptions to operational and clinical workflows. Services include HIT readiness planning, meaningful use planning and reporting, EHR vendor selection, implementation and more. To learn more about Hielix visit http://www.hielix.com.

About MEDNETWorld.com
Founded by experts in healthcare technology, MEDNET connects diverse healthcare organizations so that data can be shared quickly and securely while guaranteeing patient privacy. MEDNET utilizes the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) to standardize healthcare information exchange and collaborated in the building of the NHIN network. MEDNET is uniquely positioned in the healthcare interoperability marketplace with industry-leading Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions and NHIN expertise.

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