NEW YORK & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ICA (www.icainformatics.com) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) (www.nyehealth.org) to join a public-private multi-state working group comprised of Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors, Health Information Exchange (HIE) vendors and states. The group recognizes the value and need of having common standards, and is committed to develop the technical specifications to enable “plug and play” connectivity between EHRs and HIEs.
Originally led by New York, the expanded workgroup now includes federally designated counterparts in California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Oregon all representing approximately 30% of the U.S. population. The collaboration leverages existing published standards for interoperability from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). HIE vendors working with the group are market leaders with significant market share nationally. The goal of this effort is to establish a single set of easily implementable standards that will enable connection and adoption of EHRs and HIEs.
Participants in the workgroup have agreed to develop strategies, requirements, standards and certification criteria to connect EHRs to HIEs to enable the broad adoption of health information among providers. The goal will be the fully operational connection between EHRs and state, regional and integrated delivery network (IDN) HIEs. Other participating vendors include Allscripts, Axolotl, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Greenway Medical Technologies, Intersystems, McKesson Physician Practice Solutions, Medicity, NextGen Healthcare, Sage Healthcare Division, and Siemens Healthcare.
“This collaboration is a crucial step towards solving interoperability problems, and we are very happy to have ICA on board,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “Collectively, this group is now looking forward to widespread adoption and market preference for the products that employ the specifications it has created and will create.”
“ICA is excited and honored to be participating in this national collaborative workgroup,” said Gary Zegiestowsky, chief executive officer of ICA. “ICA’s growth in the last several years has solidified our reputation as a national player in the HIE market and we can now bring to bear the experience we’ve gained to help make a palpable difference in expanding the use of EHRs through exchanging health information. ICA’s role will be significant and include active participation in all meetings and decision making as they regard to standards development, working collaboratively with all workgroup members and participating in all interoperability testing, among other activities.”
About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. The goal of NYeC is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information. Visit www.nyehealth.org.
ICA was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market, and now delivers a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. Unmatched in its ability to yield cost efficiency, improved patient care, and better outcomes, ICA’s CareAlign® care management solution captures complete data to enhance the decision-making process. The CareAlign clinical intelligence engine empowers HIEs to leverage existing core systems and construct a longitudinal patient record. CareAlign also features provider/patient portals, secure clinical communication, NHIN compliant interoperability, EHR-lite and population management tools. Visit www.icainformatics.com; follow us on Twitter: @icainformatics; and Facebook.