Three years ago, the collaboration between Hancock Regional Health and IHIE had been limited to the sending of information for their physician clinical results. HRH was anxious to move forward with several projects that allowed them to adhere to state and federal population health reporting mandates. Their IT management looked to IHIE to help them come up with a streamlined solution that would meet these requirements while providing other value added benefits.
IHIE worked with HRH to map and match specific procedures and lab tests so that if they were a reportable result, they were in line with the common terminology used within the IHIE network. This common dictionary enabled HRH to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data from their emergency departments through the IHIE network without building a separate interface to the state department of health, utilizing their existing connection with IHIE and leveraging other value added benefits that IHIE provides their population health customers.
One of these value added benefits that IHIE is the notifiable condition detection (NCD) tool, which streamlined HRH’s timeline to meet the particular federal requirements for syndromic surveillance reporting. Since IHIE already receives labs from HRH, specific ones related to contagious diseases and other required labs are scanned by IHIE, which then are automatically sent on to the department of health on behalf of HRH.