The nonprofit HealthInfoNet is working with the state of Maine to create a new, $4 million health information exchange that officials say will help improve care for insured and uninsured patients statewide.
HealthInfoNet, Maine's statewide health information exchange, is working on a pilot effort to consolidate data for population-level analysis. The CDC-funded project, which uses the popHealth open-source software, aims to inform public health experts about trends such as cholesterol and diabetes control, blood pressure, aspirin therapy and smoking cessation.
HealthInfoNet, which operates the statewide health information exchange in Maine, is using a $198,659 state grant to connect the HIE to an all-payer claims database. The goal is to link actual clinical outcomes with payments to better handle patient populations, HealthInfoNet CEO Devore Culver said, adding that the effort could serve as a guide for other states in achieving HIE sustainability.
The Maine Health Access Foundation has granted HealthInfoNet $198,659 to assist in-state providers in managing reimbursement changes by linking claims records with clinical information. HealthInfoNet established the statewide health information exchange in Maine, which covers 32 hospitals and about 900,000 patients.
HealthInfoNet, Maine's statewide HIE, is sticking to an opt-out consent model, in which participating providers must give their patients a separate form detailing how they can opt out of the exchange, after a proposal to adopt an opt-in model was opposed by providers. The opt-out measure is now awaiting the governor's signature.
HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange network, will begin exchanging lab and radiology results at the end of November, with a goal of beginning a clinician exchange in May of next year. The second phase will include the exchange of medication history, diagnoses and allergies.