ONC Approves Strategic and Operational State HIE Plan for North Dakota

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Created by Hielix and ApeniMED, SOP Details Plans for Statewide Health Information Infrastructure

North Dakota is one step closer to advancing the adoption and use of technology to exchange health information and improve healthcare quality, patient safety and overall efficiency of healthcare and public health services in the state.

Hielix, a leader in creating operationally sustainable, open solutions to seamlessly exchange health information, today announced the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT has approved the Operational Plan (SOP) for a Health Information Exchange (HIE) for the State of North Dakota. The SOP developed by Hielix, along with its partner, ApeniMED, describes the strategies and activities necessary to advancing adoption of electronic health records (EHR) through the creation of a statewide health information network. Hielix is currently working with the state on a plan for making the HIE self-sustainable within by 2015.

In addition to better patient care, adoption of a statewide HIE will improve safety and efficiency by ensuring health information is available to healthcare providers at the point of care, while reducing medical errors and avoiding duplicative procedures. It will also improve coordination of care between hospitals, physicians, and other health professionals, providing consumers access to quality care and cost information, including their own health information, in an effort to encourage greater participation in their healthcare decisions.

“ONC’s approval is a significant step forward in improving the quality of healthcare in North Dakota by embracing health information exchange," said Patti Dodgen, CEO of Hielix. “We are confident the strategic and operational plan we developed in partnership puts North Dakota on course for successful HIE implementation and rapid sustainability.”

Hielix has been retained by the state to establish an HIE business and financial sustainability plan that will identify short-and long-term strategies for raising revenue and becoming self-sustainable. Work is expected to be completed in mid- to late-summer (2011). The company is currently advising Mississippi, Iowa and Guam in the same capacity.

“North Dakota is one step closer to advancing the adoption and use of technology to exchange health information and improve healthcare quality, patient safety and overall efficiency of healthcare and public health services in the state,” said Sheldon Wolf, Health Information Technology Director, State of North Dakota. “Thanks to our partners, Hielix and ApeniMED, the necessary foundation is in place for us to begin realizing an efficient, secure and financially sustainable HIE that offers quality healthcare for all North Dakotans.”

In addition to North Dakota, Hielix’s HIE work currently spans six states, Guam and Puerto Rico.

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 and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hielix.

About ApeniMED
ApeniMED (formerly MEDNET), known for its industry-leading HIE platform and NHIN expertise, is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN with additional offices in Seattle, WA and Washington, D.C. Founded in 2007 by experts in healthcare technologies, ApeniMED specializes in health information exchange and federal agency connectivity using the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), empowering clinicians with real-time access to clinical data shared locally, regionally and nationally.

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