October 2020
News from Nebraska Health Information Initiative
Modernizing the HIE Platform

NEHII embarked on a bold effort last year with technology partner InterSystems, updating the HIE core platform. As progress continues with the new platform build, many data-sharing stakeholders have completed the steps required to move feeds and update interfaces. With the target completion date of mid-December for this effort most users will see an updated view of NEHII soon which is an exciting culmination of efforts between stakeholders and the NEHII team. If you have not yet scheduled your migration date, please reach out to support@nehii.org for further details and to set up a technical call with the IT support team.

NEHII’s modernization effort not only provides you more features and functions, it positions NEHII to achieve a goal of a longitudinal health record for Nebraskans, as well as meet value-based care objectives and various regulatory requirements such as the new event notification Condition of Participation (CoP), and information sharing efforts as outlined in the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule.

Through modernization, our objectives are to:
·      Advance interoperability in Nebraska that inform providers more seamlessly;
·      Focus on workflow integration of data; and
·     Reduce the burden of regulatory requirements by providing services and technology that all entities need for compliance and NEHII can provide as an interoperability partner.

We are committed to be a leading HIE and returning value to our stakeholders and communities we serve. Please contact us with any questions about the technology migration, interoperability rule, meeting event notification CoPs – we’re here to help.

Making Healthier Possible
Although we were unable to gather in person for NEHII's Annual Meeting this year, we are excited to launch an education series called "Making Healthier Possible.” This new webinar series, sponsored by NEHII, is scheduled to begin in November. The purpose of the series is to educate and inform healthcare professionals about how the availability of health information enables a healthier Nebraska and region. Topics to be explored during the seven-session series include the Interoperability final rule, how data is being used to support COVID-19 response efforts, addressing the opioid crisis with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and much more. You will receive registration information from us soon. I hope you can join us when your schedule allows.

Jaime Bland, DNP, RN
President & Chief Executive Officer 
PDMP Updates
The Nebraska Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) can now query patients’ medication histories from 13 other states. When you enter a patient’s name and date-of-birth into the PDMP portal search, you can select one or more of the 13 states from the Additional States to Query field.

NEHII and Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services are working to bring you education and training videos for using the PDMP to its fullest. Stay current with the new videos as they are released in the new PDMP Enhancements section of the DHHS website.
NEHII Launches New
Social Determinants of Health Network
NEHII successfully launched Unite Nebraska, a coordinated care network of health and social care providers. Partners in the network are connected through a shared technology platform, Unite Us, which enables them to send and receive electronic referrals, address people’s social needs, and improve health across communities.

Unite Nebraska went live September 23 with 51 organizations, more than 70 programs and 140+ users across 15 counties in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. And that’s just the beginning -- work will continue into 2021 expanding Unite Nebraska to cover our state and beyond.

Taylor Justice, co-founder of Unite Us, said “This is the first time in the country that a health information exchange has taken the lead on bringing social determinants of health statewide and it is a pivotal moment, I believe, in public health where you recognize and prioritize human and social services to the same level as health care.”

For more information, visit the Unite Nebraska website or email: support@nehii.org
E-Prescribing Solution:
Special Offer Extended
Attention, Nebraska Clinicians
NEHII and Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services have worked with Daw Systems, Inc., to extend the timeframe to implement ScriptSure ERX e-Prescribing Platform to December 31, 2020.

Here’s what you need to know:
  • If you do not have a usable e-prescribing solution and your practice is within Nebraska, you are eligible for a coupon that will pay the initial $385 annual subscription for ScriptSure ERX for the first year.
  • After that, you pay an ongoing subscription fee of $385 per prescriber, per year. There are no additional fees; no fees per prescription.
  • To qualify, you must implement by December 31, 2020.

If you’re interested in learning more about ScriptSure ERX, complete this form and a NEHII team member will contact you to walk you through the process. 

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