West Virginia Selects Thomson Reuters' HIE Advantage™ Platform for Statewide Health Information Exchange

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) has selected Thomson Reuters HIE Advantage™ as the technology backbone for its statewide health information exchange (HIE) system. WVHIN is a state agency governed by healthcare payer, provider, consumer, and government stakeholders.

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The system will securely capture real-time clinical and administrative data from electronic medical records, healthcare claims, and other sources and provide clinicians with comprehensive patient histories at the point of care so they can make better-informed clinical decisions.

The statewide HIE can improve the coordination of care, improve clinical outcomes, reduce unnecessary and redundant diagnostic tests, create a less fragmented clinical and administrative workflow, and control healthcare costs. The exchange is funded with federal grants, state matching funds, and provider fees.  Participation in the exchange helps providers earn federal meaningful use incentives.

"We look forward to working with our partner Thomson Reuters in implementing a statewide HIE in West Virginia," said Phil Weikle, interim chief operations officer for the WVHIN. "We believe the HIE will have a positive impact on the quality of healthcare for our citizens by providing access to patient history before clinical decisions are made — leading to improved coordination of care, improved outcomes and reduced costs."

Jon Newpol, executive vice president for the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, said: "The WVHIN leadership team and board have an ambitious strategic operating plan that will revolutionize the delivery of care for the people of West Virginia. We are pleased to contribute to their mission to improve healthcare and drive down costs through the use of clinical data and analytics."

System implementation will include:

  • Populating the exchange with state Medicaid claims data and clinical data from pilot sites Wheeling Hospital and West Virginia University Medical Center.
  • Interoperable data feeds to the public health department for disease and immunization registries.
  • Fully compliant interoperability standards and meaningful use certification.
  • Nationwide Health Information Network Connect and Direct functionality.
  • Clinical analytics.

HIE Advantage is powered by CareEvolution's HIEBus™, a comprehensive suite of interoperability solutions that enable health information exchange and power advanced applications for clinical integration, care coordination, point of care decision support, disease surveillance and observational data research .Thomson Reuters and CareEvolution have worked with statewide exchanges, Medicaid agencies, hospital associations and medical societies, health systems, and integrated delivery networks on a variety of successful projects. In total, the platform currently:

  • Connects 288 hospitals, 1,364 physician practices, and 71 free clinics and home care agencies.
  • Contains interoperable patient records for 18.1 million patients.
  • Is accessed by 30,200 users for a variety of patient queries and care coordination functions.

For more information about Thomson Reuters HIE Advantage, visit http://healthcare.thomsonreuters.com/hie/.

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About the West Virginia Health Information Network

The West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) was created under the oversight of the West Virginia Health Care Authority to promote the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of a fully interoperable statewide network to facilitate public and private use of health care information in the state. The WVHIN is managed and operated by an independent, self-sustaining seventeen member board of directors.

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