Minnesota at forefront of Health Information Exchange (HIE)

According to CMIO.net, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) held a press conference this week lauding recent success of two pilot projects that are part of the Direct Project initiative. The Direct Project is a public-private partnership to develop web-based tools for transmitting patient data via electronic health information exchange (HIE). In other words, they allow for transactions that are so secure that even medical information can be transmitted.

According to the article…

The Direct Project has brought together some 200 participants from more than 60 companies and other organizations, who worked together to assemble consensus standards that support secure exchange of basic clinical information and public health data. Now, pilot tests based on Direct Project specifications are under way, with formal adoption of the standards and wide availability for providers by 2012, according to the ONC.

One of the two projects that are currently up and running is based in Minnesota…

Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center in Minneapolis, began in mid-January to send immunization records to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) via the Direct framework.

This looks like a case of broadband allowing folks to work smarter, quicker and hopefully cheaper – or at least cheaper in the future.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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