The technology powering that robust network is eHealth Exchange, which GaHIN joined in 2013. Active in all 50 states, the
is the largest query-based, health information network in the country. It is the principal network that connects federal agencies and non-federal organizations, allowing them to work together to improve patient care and public health.
Jay Nakashima, VP, eHealth Exchange spoke in early May at a GaHIN member meeting, providing a glimpse into what the future holds. Plans for the next year include:
- A centralized hub that allows automatic connectivity with providers in other states
- Joining Carequality to expand capability for data exchange
- Streamlining the FHIR directory
- Preparing for integration with CMS's PULSE for use during and after disasters
"When seconds and minutes matter, organizations like GaHIN provide valuable information for clinicians," Nakashima said. "Our goal is to support the mission of enabling nationwide data sharing. That means that if a patient travels for vacation or work, or to a center of excellence for care, critical healthcare information is available onsite and when the patient returns home."