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Post date: 2014-10-07T16:19:47-05:00

Physicians and providers all over the state can now access immediately and securely exchange current, updated electronic health records (EHRs) for thousands of Arkansas children, thanks to the contributions of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), which is now pushing data through SHARE, the Statewide Health Information Exchange.  

SHARE enables providers at different medical facilities across Arkansas to exchange medical records for patients they have in common. Using SHARE, a pediatrician can connect to a patient’s most current and comprehensive health information, including that patient’s health data from other facilities connected to SHARE.

For example, if six-year-old Josephina from Batesville is admitted to Children’s Hospital, her SHARE-connected pediatrician back home can securely access her health data from her stay in the hospital.  Her pediatrician can then update her progress using SHARE, so that Josephina’s other SHARE-connected physicians can also stay informed about her care.

From a hospital’s perspective, if a child arrives in the Emergency Room for the first time after a car wreck, the ER staff is now able to pull up his record in SHARE, see his current medical condition and medications, and make better-informed decisions about his care on the spot.  

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Darrell Leonhard said the hospital was excited to be able to offer this level of care coordination for its patients. “We want the best experience possible for the kids we treat, and we see SHARE as a way to improve the already excellent care provided by the staff at ACH.”

ACH is one of 26 hospitals signed on to participate in SHARE. Arkansas Health Information Technology Coordinator Ray Scott said ACH’s participation marks a turning point for SHARE.

“We are very excited to have Arkansas Children’s Hospital as part of our SHARE network. Every time a new practice or hospital in the state joins SHARE, the network is that much more useful to its participants. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the one that other providers in SHARE have been clamoring for—being able to access electronic records and communicate more easily with ACH makes SHARE significantly more powerful and relevant to all hospitals, physicians, therapists, and parents,” Scott said.

Scott said that research shows that patients whose health records are available via a secure health information exchange with their other physicians receive better care and have fewer duplicate tests and procedures ordered by the different physicians.

“SHARE makes health care better for all of us,” Scott said. “National studies show that the average patient in the U.S. sees 18 different providers. Think about that. Haven’t you ever wished your doctors could communicate your health information with each other so that the next provider you see knows what the previous one did for you? That’s what this linkage between ACH and SHARE makes possible.”

About SHARE

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a secure, electronic system that allows authorized health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real time. The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), created by Act 891 of 2011, has implemented SHARE in a series of phases, beginning with Secure Messaging to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, and a fully-functional health information exchange (HIE) that gives health care providers access to hospital discharge summaries, lab results, immunization records and other vital information. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.

About ACH

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 95 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

 

Post date: 2014-08-21T14:31:24-05:00

Two Arkansas Critical Access Hospitals receive grants for health IT connectivity

 

Awards from DRA and OHIT to link hospitals to state system

LITTLE ROCK, AR– Thanks in part to the Delta Regional Authority federal/state partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology, providers at Ashley County Medical Center and McGehee-Desha County Hospital now securely and privately can share their patients’ electronic health records with other authorized, SHARE-particpating physicians who are also caring for that patient, even when the doctors work outside of their systems.
 
Through the joint SHARE Connectivity Program, the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) and the Delta Regional Authority awarded Ashley County Medical Center $5,000 in funds to connect the hospital to the statewide electronic Health Information Exchange, known as SHARE (State Health Alliance for Records Exchange).
 
The Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) expect to reap concrete benefits of SHARE implementation, in the form of improved patient outcomes, as well as long-term savings in both time and money as SHARE’s efficiencies reduce costs and improve workflow.
 
Small hospitals across the state have transitioned from paper records to an electronic medical record (EMR) system. However, these hospitals may not be able to efficiently exchange patient information with larger hospital systems outside of their local communities and with other health care providers throughout Arkansas without connecting to SHARE.
 
Another benefit of SHARE is that information entered into the system is updated immediately for all SHARE-connected providers, decreasing time lost to transferring and transcribing medical records, and decreasing medical errors from having insufficient or outdated patient information.
 
“SHARE saves families money,” Arkansas Health Information Technology Coordinator Ray Scott said. “Getting providers to access the same master patient health record can result in fewer duplicate tests or procedures ordered by multiple providers, and very often helps improve patient health.”
 
Providers must join SHARE to have access to these benefits. Scott said the SHARE access is exciting for these small hospitals, but not limited to them. He added, “Every new hospital or provider we connect to SHARE makes both SHARE and Arkansas health care that much stronger.”
 
The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is Arkansas’ statewide health information exchange (HIE) that allows health care providers, related health services professionals, and public health authorities in Arkansas to access and exchange with each other real-time, secure, electronic patient information that is protected by privacy and security laws. Through its implementation and use, SHARE will reduce medical errors and duplicate testing, promote improved management of chronic diseases, and improve patient care coordination among unaffiliated health care providers.
Post date: 2014-07-28T14:42:09-05:00

Allscripts connects to State of Arkansas' HIE, SHARE
Connection to  SHARE will enable the exchange and use of critical patient data to improve outcomes for practices using Allscripts EHR

CHICAGO AND LITTLE ROCK, AR– July 24, 2014 – Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) and the State of Arkansas have announced that Allscripts electronic health record (EHR) solutions are now fully connected to the state’s healthcare information exchange (HIE) for more efficient and effective exchange of critical patient information to improve the quality and delivery of care.

The State of Arkansas HIE organization, known as the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is an interoperable database managed by the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), the agency responsible for establishing and coordinating healthcare information technology (HIT) activities across the state.

The goal of OHIT and SHARE is to promote the effective use of HIT to increase the value attained through the delivery of healthcare services while improving the care and health of Arkansans. Establishing a connection to Allscripts-based systems will facilitate the exchange and use of patient data for thousands of patients.

“We are very pleased that SHARE-based Allscripts clients will be able to connect their patient data,” said Ray Scott, Arkansas HIT Coordinator at OHIT. “Allscripts patient information will enrich the depth and breadth of the SHARE database and will help enable providers—especially those in rural regions—to maintain the health of and improve the quality of care for patients.”

Allscripts comprehensive population health-enabled EHR solutions provide innovative, integrated and interoperable management of the complex medical needs of patients across settings, including ambulatory, acute and home care. Allscripts solutions are architected with integrated population health capabilities. This proprietary, community aware population health framework aggregates and organizes critical patient data, delivering it seamlessly into the clinicians’ workflow for superior decision-making power.

“Allscripts is committed to helping governments and their agencies meet their objectives to improve quality of care,” said Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “By connecting to SHARE, we will help providers with critical access to information to improve the quality of care for many Arkansans, including those in rural areas.”

About Allscripts

Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, YouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

Post date: 2013-12-20T17:02:50-06:00

As 2013 draws to a close, we are taking this opportunity to reflect on a year of tremendous progress made in the implementation of the statewide health information exchange. These are the major milestones we've achieved thanks to the efforts of our OHIT staff, vendor partnerships and support of the health care community:

  • 148 health care sites and 498,454 patient records are on-boarded to SHARE.
  • OHIT and Delta Regional Authority partnered to offer $10,000 grants to Critical Access and Small Rural Hospitals to connect to SHARE. Grants will be awarded to 12 hospitals in January 2014.
  • OHIT is helping make SHARE more affordable to the provider community by negotiating statewide contracts with EMR vendors that reduce or eliminate the vendor’s one-time interface fee to connect to SHARE. The average savings for providers is $10,000.
  • OHIT is building interfaces to the Arkansas Department of Health, including a gateway for Immunizations and connectivity for ELR and Syndromic Surveillance to automate public health reporting through SHARE.
  • For the Arkansas PCMH project, effective January 2014, Medicaid is requiring Practices to use SHARE to transmit admission/discharge data between unaffiliated participants.

For the full report, download the 2013 Year-End Summary [PDF]

Post date: 2013-10-31T09:59:56-05:00

Delta Regional Authority, Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology awards to link critical access hospitals to state system

Chairman Masingill: “Arkansas’ rural communities will be better connected to cutting-edge and cost-effective health care.”

Rural communities throughout the state of Arkansas will have the opportunity to receive funding to connect their hospitals to the state’s electronic health records database, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill and Office of Health Information Technology Director Ray Scott announced today.

The SHARE Connectivity Program will make available awards to designated Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Small Rural Hospitals (SRHs) in eleven Delta counties as well as in seven counties with such facilities outside the Delta to help with the costs of connecting the hospitals’ electronic health record (EHR) systems with the statewide health information exchange known as SHARE (State Health Alliance for Records Exchange).  The awards of up to $10,000 per facility will assist with implementation costs. Currently, EHR vendor costs of $6,000 to more than $20,000 for implementation are a barrier to some hospitals in the state.

“Providing our communities with quality health care options and supporting a healthy workforce is crucial to economic development in the Delta,” Chairman Chris Masingill said. “Because of this investment, Arkansas’s rural communities will be better connected to cutting-edge and cost-effective health care.”

CAHs and SRHs across the state have transitioned from paper records to electronic medical record systems. However, these hospitals may not be able to efficiently exchange patient information with larger hospital systems and other treating health care providers without connecting to SHARE.

“These small hospital systems are a critical part of the Arkansas health care network,” Scott said. “Having them connect to SHARE will give them access to more complete health information about their patients, and improve their ability to coordinate their patients’ care with other providers.”

The Delta Regional Authority was notified by Governor Beebe’s office that funding was needed, and the project was approved by the DRA last month.  The Authority will contribute $125,300 in total investment that will support program awards directed to twelve eligible CAHs and SRHs in the Delta region, in addition to $70,000 in funds committed by the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology to support vouchers for seven eligible hospitals located outside the Delta. The twelve eligible CAHs and SRHs serve eleven Delta counties: Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Clay, Dallas Desha, Drew, Fulton, Izard, and Randolph.

“The SHARE Connectivity Program is an important step in bringing our state’s rural hospitals to the next level of health care delivery,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “Connecting these hospitals to our state’s network of electronic health records will provide much needed coordinated health care to Arkansas families and communities.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for Arkansas hospitals and families. This critical funding will allow for better coordination among our hospitals and improved patient care,” U.S. Senator Mark Pryor said. “As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet (CTI), I’ll keep working to ensure all Arkansas hospitals and businesses have access to affordable online tools so they can operate more efficiently and save money. “

“This is an important investment in the health of rural Arkansans that will provide more opportunities to connect with health care providers and seek the care they depend on,” U.S. Senator John Boozman said. “This is a great step to containing health care costs and improving access to physicians for citizens in the Delta.”

“The demand for local access to superior healthcare far outweighs available resources in Arkansas.  That’s why utilizing technology is so important in meeting this need by making patient records available electronically.  Today’s announcement is a patient-centered solution that will lower costs and improve Arkansans’ access to quality health care, U.S. Representative Tim Griffin said.”

“The SHARE connectivity program is an excellent way to improve coordination across geographical lines that will improve quality of care in rural Arkansas, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford said. “This creative approach is exactly the type of innovation we need to support rural families, and I applaud the Delta Regional Authority and Office of Health Information Technology for their involvement in this issue.”  

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. In twelve project cycles, the Authority is helping to create and retain nearly 41,000 jobs and has leveraged $2.7 billion in other public and private investments in the Delta region.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is Arkansas’ statewide health information exchange (HIE) that allows health care providers, related health services professionals, and public health authorities in Arkansas to access and exchange with each other real-time, secure, electronic patient information that is protected by privacy and security laws. Through its implementation and use, SHARE will reduce medical errors and duplicate testing, promote improved management of chronic diseases, and improve patient care coordination among unaffiliated health care providers.
 

Contacts:  DRA Press Office
501-416-3789, [email protected]

Christy Williams, OHIT
501-978-3944, [email protected]
 

Post date: 2013-10-29T16:42:16-05:00

We are pleased to welcome the following new participants to SHARE:

These providers join a growing network of 116 hospitals, community health centers and practices that are signing up to participate in SHARE. As of August 2013, 8 hospitals, 47 CHCs, 3 behavioral health entity and 58 physician practices are using or implementing SHARE.

View a complete list of all participating health care providers >>

Post date: 2013-10-29T16:37:05-05:00

Health care providers may question why they should partcipate in a Health Information Exchange (HIE) when they already use an EHR system that is capable of sharing patient data with other providers. But what does it actually take for that EMR/EHR system to exchange data with the myriad hospitals, specialists, labs, pharmacies, public health registries and other organizations that need it? With the average cost of an interface ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, according to the Pacific Health Journal, achieving interoperability with numerous EHR interfaces can cost providers a lot of time and money. HIEs like SHARE offer a more coordinated approach to data sharing.

SHARE explored this topic in an article published in partnership with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care in the October issue of the Arkansas Medical Society Journal. Check it out to learn about how HIEs like SHARE offer a more coordinated and potentially less expensive approach to data sharing than one-to-one EHR interfaces.

SHARE: Bridging the Interoperability Gap between EHRs

Post date: 2013-09-18T13:55:06-05:00

In the spirit of National Health IT Week, we've teamed up with Get Real Health and produced a fun infographic that shows what Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are and why they're important to providers and patients alike.

Please help spread the word about HIEs like SHARE by tweeting, sharing and forwarding this to your colleagues, friends and anyone who may not know about HIEs.

Also, be sure to check out SHARE's guest blog for a personal take on why we need HIEs.

 

Post date: 2013-09-11T16:11:57-05:00

As a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare, SHARE is joining approximately 200 public and private sector organizations to participate in the 8th Annual National Health IT Week (September 16-20, 2013).  National Health IT Week 2013 is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “One Voice, One Vision.”

Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

With Meaningful Use now providing the way forward, eligible providers across the country increasingly understand the benefits for themselves and their patients, and are adopting Meaningful Use compliant electronic health records.

Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.

The Week consists of events in Washington DC and across the country, including National Health IT Week 2013 participants —vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.

Visit www.HealthITWeek.org for a full list of partners and updates on the Week’s national activities. Working together with our growing coalition of stakeholders, SHARE is helping to transform healthcare for Arkansans and for all.
 

Post date: 2013-08-16T16:57:52-05:00

Say hello to the new SHARE! We are excited to announce the launch of a fresh new SHARE logo and website. The new branding marks a season of explosive growth as we have successfully moved from Phase I into Phase II of the statewide health information exchange (HIE) and are currently connecting more than 100 health care entities to SHARE.

Our new logo symbolizes two-way data sharing and represents a vibrant future of health information exchange in Arkansas. You’ll see four brightly colored arrows pointing inward—these signify different health care providers sending clinical information to SHARE. The four white arrows pointing outward represent SHARE gathering these disconnected health records and pushing them out to providers when and where they're needed.  

This bold new look carries over into the SHARE website, where you’ll find updated information and new interactive features packaged in a repsonsive design, making the site easy to use on your mobile phone, tablet and desktop computer.

As we advance to this critical stage of growth, our new bright colors, dynamic logo and new website align SHARE's image with the ground-breaking and important work we are doing for the Arkansas health care community and the patients it serves.

If you use the SHARE logo in any marketing materials, please Contact Us and request a new logo. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about the new SHARE logo and website.

Post date: 2013-08-12T12:12:33-05:00

In 2012, the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) issued a Patient Portal Request for Information (RFI) and explored offering a statewide patient portal for participating SHARE health care providers. Due to resource limitations, a patient portal will not be subsidized by OHIT at this time.

However, we have negotiated tiered, statewide pricing for providers contracting with Get Real Health, which will offer a patient portal solution directly to providers that allows them to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for patient engagement. OHIT is not managing or implementing this solution.

We will work with Get Real Health to determine the viability of using SHARE as a communications pathway for third-party patient portals. If Get Real Health’s e-commerce solution works as planned, OHIT will work with other existing patient portal vendors to ensure their patients have access to the same levels of health information through the statewide HIE.

We thank all the vendors who participated in the RFI for their interest and participation the process.

For more information, see the Get Real Health announcement.
 

Post date: 2013-08-12T12:03:50-05:00

PrimeSUITE EHR Users: Don't miss this webinar!

SHARE has partnered with Greenway to offer practices that use Greenway’s PrimeSUITE electronic Health Record (EHR) system a significant discount to join SHARE.

We’ve waived the one-time HIE connection fee and negotiated Greenway fees on your behalf so that instead of paying $12,000+ to interface your EMR system with SHARE, your one-time connection cost is now $0 with a low monthly per-provider support fee.

Join us for a webinar Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn more about this opportunity.  We will provide an overview of SHARE, details on the steeply discounted connection fee we have negotiated with Greenway, and specifics about how to get started with SHARE.

​Who Should Participate?

CIOs, office managers, physicians, nurses, assistants and anyone involved in the management of a Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR system at an Arkansas provider practice.

Length

30 minute presentation with Q&A to follow.

How to Attend the Webinar

Click this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4988543981097662464
Once you have registered, you will receive a follow-up email and a reminder email with details about how to join the webinar.

If you are unable to participate, please call 501.410.1999 for more information.
 

Post date: 2013-07-18T13:41:37-05:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a July 11 news release highlighting the efforts of 10 state health information exchange (HIE) programs that have set up infrastructure to enable the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from their homes in natural disasters. SHARE is currently building an interstate Direct connection that will allow Arkansas to connect with the 10 states that have already announced their partnership in the HHS program.

See the news release below.
 


States prepare for seamless exchange of health records after disasters

Ten state HIE programs have established infrastructure for secure exchange of health information

As part of an effort to help make sure their residents’ health information is available after a hurricane or other wide-spread disaster, four Gulf states have partnered with six states in the East and Midwest to help patients and providers access critical health information when they are unable to visit their regular doctors or hospitals.

Working with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), health information exchange (HIE) programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia today announced their partnership to allow for the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from their homes.

All of the state HIE programs participating in the initiative currently have established at least one operational interstate connection and are working with other states including Arkansas and Mississippi. The 10-state initiative is being made possible through information technology infrastructure provided through Direct. Direct is a tool developed by an ONC-led collaboration with broad health information technology (IT) industry participation that allows for the secure exchange of health information over the Internet.

“Through disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy and large tornadoes in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, in 2011 and more recently in Moore, Oklahoma, we have learned the importance of protecting patients’ health records through electronic tools like health information exchanges,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health IT. “Patients are better off when states and health information exchange organizations work together to ensure that health information can follow patients when they need it the most.”

A guidebook, published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, can also help primary care clinicians connect their patients’ electronic health records to a local HIE hub and regional health information organizations. The guide, Regional Health e-Decisions: A Guide to Connect Health Information Exchange in Primary Care, is available at www.healthit.ahrq.gov/RegionalHealtheDecisionsGuide.pdf.

The Southeast Regional Health IT and Health Information Exchange Collaboration (SERCH) is leading the collaborative effort. SERCH was funded through ONC’s State Health Policy Consortium and its members include Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Since SERCH began in April 2010, similar collaborations, using a variety of methods, have helped to resolve cross-border barriers toward facilitating the multi-state exchange of health information.

In 2012, SERCH completed an analysis of barriers to health information exchange and issued recommendations for developing HIE infrastructure to support disaster preparedness and response. In their final report, SERCH recommended a phased approach to use existing data sources such as health plans and state agencies to overcome barriers to HIE across states. The report can be found at http://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/SERCH-White-Paper.pdf

 “The SERCH effort will enable health care providers to contact a patient’s health plans and available health care providers for information about the patient’s medical history when it is most needed,” said Nicole Lurie, M.D., assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response.  “But patients can help protect their own information and that of their children by saving it electronically.”

Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Post date: 2013-07-16T17:02:49-05:00

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. SHARE will help providers satisfy several meaningful use requirements in stages one and two.

Below are the most current EHR Incentive Program payments made to Arkansas health care providers since 2011:

EHR Incentive Payments made to Arkansas Health Care Providers, May and June 2013

Post date: 2013-07-16T16:38:41-05:00

SHARE has partnered with three electronic health record system (EHR) vendors – eClinicalWorks, Greenway and GE Centricity – and negotiated vendor fees to save providers that use these EHR systems tens of thousands of dollars to interface their EHR systems with SHARE.

Through one connection to SHARE, eClinicalWorks, Greenway and GE Centricity EHR practices will be able to receive clinical data from any participating hospital or lab, automate reporting to the Arkansas Department of Health, and exchange health information with other participating providers. This is a major change from when a practice had to buy, build and maintain multiple EHR interfaces to connect to different data partners.

We conducted an informational webinar in June for practices that use the eClinicalWorks EHR, and we will soon announce details about the Greenway and GE Centricity connections and what it means for practices using those EHR systems.

As part of the SHARE Connection program, we are reaching out to all EHR vendors with a presence in Arkansas and negotiating statewide contracts like what we’ve arranged with these vendors.
 

Post date: 2013-07-16T16:20:00-05:00

We are pleased to announce that ARcare has signed a SHARE participation agreement and has committed to joining SHARE. ARcare is the first community health center to join the Arkansas health information exchange (HIE). The following 24 locations will be participating:

Augusta Bald Knob
Carlisle Cabot
England Cotton Plant
Jonesboro South Conway
Parkin Cherry Valley
Des Arc Independence
Hazen Batesville Southside
Newport McCrory
Jonesboro North Wynne
Lake City Brinkley
Searcy Kensett
Heber Springs Swifton

ARcare is connecting its electronic health record (EHR) system to SHARE and should begin exchanging patient health information through SHARE within the coming months.

The statewide HIE will allow ARcare health care providers to electronically access and share patient health information with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) in Harrison, Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in Pine Bluff and other providers that use SHARE.

For example, if an ARcare patient is treated at the UAMS Emergency Room, ARcare will receive an automatic notification and details of the treatment for follow-up. SHARE provides access to critical patient health information that can improve the quality of care and health outcomes.

We will follow up with another announcement when ARcare is fully "live" and using SHARE.

ARcare joins a growing network of hospitals and practices that are signing up to participate. As of July 2013, 5 hospitals, 39 community health centers, one behavioral health entity and 10 physician practices are using or implementing SHARE.

Post date: 2013-04-29T13:05:18-05:00

David Miller, Chair of the HIE Council for OHIT and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology / Chief Information Officer at UAMS, has accepted a seat on the HIMSS HIE Committee. The committee comprises the top health IT leaders in the nation who have substantial experience with health information exchange. Miller’s two-year term begins July 1, 2013 and will end June 30, 2015.

The HIMSS HIE Committee plans national HIE activities, defines the role HIE plays in Meaningful Use, provides support for State Level HIE activities, expands key HIE audience stakeholders, and assists HIMSS membership and the health care industry at large with the journey toward HIE deployment and use.

In addition to his new role with the HIMSS HIE Committee, Miller also serves as chair of the HIE Council for the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology, as chair-elect of the American Association of Medical College’s Group on Information Resources, as President-elect and HIE Chair of the Arkansas HIMSS Chapter, as well as other council memberships nationally. He is a Fellow with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members and is among the most prestigious membership organizations for health care information professionals.

 

Post date: 2013-03-26T13:08:16-05:00

SHARE made the cover of the latest Arkansas Hospitals magazine. Check out pages 12 and 13 for the story about North Arkansas Regional Medical Center becoming the first hospital in Arkansas to launch the Health Information Exchange.

Post date: 2013-02-25T10:26:25-06:00

Read about SHARE and the exciting progress Arkansas hospitals are making toward exchanging electronic health records in an Arkansas Business article published today. Hospitals Move Toward Electronic Records Exchange

Post date: 2013-02-11T12:09:05-06:00

We are pleased to announce that Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in Pine Bluff has signed a SHARE participation agreement and is the third hospital to join SHARE. JRMC is a 471-bed acute care hospital with 11 off-campus clinics and affiliated centers, and is the largest regional hospital system to join the Arkansas health information exchange (HIE).

JRMC will begin the process of connecting its electronic health record (EHR) system to SHARE and should begin exchanging patient health information through SHARE within the coming months.

The statewide HIE will allow JRMC health care providers to electronically access and share patient health information with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) in Harrison, and other providers that will use SHARE.