July 2018 -  Summer Issue


We are excited to introduce to you HASA's quarterly e-Newsletter, which will provide updates on what's happening with HASA, our participating organizations, and HIE across the state of Texas!
In This Issue
The Summer of Servers

We are excited to announce that with the growth of HASA we are upgrading our system to increase scalability, improve cyber security protection, and enhance our natural disaster preparedness by transitioning to a new data center. The transition will include larger storage capabilities and data redundancy in the case of a cyber-attack or malicious software.
The move is planned for August, which means we will contact all of our hospital IT teams to change over VPN connections to the new IP Address prior to the transition.  If you are a small clinic our IT support team will assist you in transferring to a new VPN connection that will be recognizable to the server.
What this means for clinicians: Be aware that there will be a short downtime for the Alerts tool and the VHR during the transition. A separate email will be sent to customers when we determine a specific date and time. Your access will remain the same as it is today and so will the way you access the HASA service: either through your EHR, single sign-on solution, or desktop.pingone.com/hasatx website.

As a data aggregator and analytics specialist for hospitals and clinics across Texas, we understand that data is woven into the fabric of our healthcare system and we believe that it is our responsibility to sustain and protect.

If you have any questions, concerns or want more information contact our Implementation Manager, Robert Harris,  rharris@hasatx.org.
How Can We Better Serve Our Veterans?

How did we celebrate our Fourth of July holiday? By trying to find ways an HIE can support our veterans. 

The future of HIE lies in connections at both the state and federal levels for effective patient care. HASA is in the process of partnering with the eHealth Exchange, a national network of organizations, to provide health information on patients from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. 

This partnership will mean that contributing hospitals and clinics will receive VA and DOD patient records via HASA- this will save our customers time, cost, and effort on retrieving records and instead focus energy on patient needs. 

Learn more about the eHealth Exchange.

At the state level, four other HIEs located in the major areas in Texas: Houston, Austin, El Paso, and Rio Grande Valley, are in the initial stages of building connections  to share health care data across the state of Texas  to better serve you and your patients. 

For more information about the Regional HIEs across Texas contact: phartnett@hasatx.org
New and Upcoming Organizations

San Antonio Region
A thru Z Pediatrics
Communicare Health Centers
West Texas Region
Hendrick Health

Coming Soon
San Antonio Region
Atascosa Health Center
Frio Regional Hosptial

North Texas Region
MD Family Clinic
MD Kids Pediatrics
Mi Doctor

HASA Staff Additions

Meet Our New Team Members!

Last year HASA was sad to say goodbye to two wonderful staff members, Storey Sheriff and Andrea Espinoza. But, with goodbyes, come hellos to new faces to welcome the new year.

We began the year with the hiring of Prativa Hartnett and Myhanh Ta.

Prativa Hartnett  came on board in February. Prativa was hired as the Marketing Assistant  and is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prativa has experience from working as a physician scribe and managing quality metrics for a physician practice in San Antonio. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 12 year-old dog, Oscar, and oil painting.

Myhanh came on board to HASA in March, and is now our Data Reporting Analyst. She  is a graduate of the Health Information Technology Certificate Program at The University of Texas. Previously, she was a math and science teacher for middle and high school students in the Houston area. At HASA, s he is responsible for analyzing valuable data in the database.

Krist in a Gamble is our new intern for the summer, currently enrolled in  Health Information   Technology Certificate Program at The University of Texas.  In addition, she worked as a Human Resource Officer for the U.S. Army for four years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying new food. 

HASA proudly supports the University of Texas Health Information Technology Certificate Program to promote HIE awareness in the future leaders of technology!

We are excited to welcome these new faces and can't wait to see how HASA grows with them.

For contact information, visit the Staff Member section of our website .

Have a story you'd like to share? Contact phartnett@hasatx.org