HIT December 2019 Newsletter

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Clinical Data Repository (CDR):

Electronic Health Records (EHR):

  • CMS account security: 1-866-484-8049 option #1, then option #1 again

Clinical Data Repository updates

HIT in the community

Health IT is excited to be out in the communities of Washington.

  • On 12/13 representatives presented an overview of the CDR to the WithinReach organization at a Seattle venue. We are looking forward to the Bremerton meeting in March!
  • Representatives are also planning to attend the State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Seattle.
  • Please contact us about presenting an overview of the CDR to your gathering of healthcare industry professionals! Use healthit@hca.wa.gov and 360-725-5945.

How to get CDR access

For new subscribers, and until further notice, OneHealthPort is waiving the HIE participant annual subscription fee for one year to view patient data through the CDR web portal. Use of other HIE services during this period voids the offer. Please contact OneHealthPort for complete details.

The CDR web portal

The CDR web portal is available for viewing by all licensed professionals. This includes physical and behavioral health providers and their delegates.

  • All organizations viewing CDR data must be a HIPAA covered entity and have a HIE participation agreement with OneHealthPort.
  • Only staff with a need to view individual client-level data may access the CDR. (As determined by their manager and configured by their internal IT access staff.) This is similar to how your organization grants electronic health records access.
  • Users can complete training in one hour or less. Organizations using the CDR will not incur training costs from OneHealthPort or HCA. Reference materials are available on OneHealthPort’s website.

CDR frequently asked questions

  • The CDR collects Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs). This decision was based on a requirement to use CCDs as part of Promoting Interoperability (formerly the Meaningful Use Program). To date HCA has not enforced compliance.
  • The clinical portal is currently the only way to access CDR data.
  • Query functionality allows electronic health records systems (EHRs) to import data from the CDR. HCA and OneHealthPort are piloting this capability with one provider at this time. There is no timeline for a formal rollout.
  • HCA is working on an electronic consent management solution compliant with C.F.R. 42 part 2 and hope to have a pilot ready by mid-2020. HCA wants to hear from providers interested in participating in an electronic consent management pilot!
  • HCA is in discussions about additional reports from the CDR.
  • HCA is in talks with DOH on how to integrate PMP and Immunization registry data.

Entities actively exchanging health information exchange (HIE) transactions and those submitting CCDs to the CDR are at OneHealthPort.

Promoting Interoperability updates

2019 Attestations

The portal for 2019 attestations opens on January 1, 2020 and closes February 29, 2020. Please make sure to take care of any security or login issues now so the attestation process goes smoothly. Please attest as early as you can as we are not able to grant extensions. The 2019 Stage 3 MU PDF is available on our website. Please take a moment to review the CMS Stage 3 tip sheet as well as our Required Documentation white paper

Incentive dollars paid out to date

Since the beginning of the program in 2011 to present day we have paid out $389,184,388 in Promoting Interoperability incentive dollars!

VA looking forward to automatic opt-out HIE in early 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing for the Veteran’s Health Information Exchange, VHIE, to become an opt-in health information exchange, the agency explained in a recent blog post. You can read the full article here