Indiana Health Information Exchange Envisions a Connected Nation

Nation's Largest Health Information Exchange Organization will use AT&T Healthcare Community Online to Scale and Expand Business Plans

Dallas, Texas, February 09, 2012

Ten million patients, more than 19,000 physicians, over 80 facilities. As the nation’s largest health information exchange organization, the Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc. (IHIE) is responsible for an ocean of information. In fact, it currently has more than four billion pieces of clinical data in the repository and delivers three million highly-secure health transactions daily.

IHIE works with hospitals, long‐term care facilities, clinics and physician practices throughout Indiana to ensure that health information is where it needs to be, when it needs to be there to help improve care coordination and patient outcomes.

A fundamental aspect of IHIE’s services is aggregating clinical data through interface integrations with healthcare providers to support applications such as the DOCS4DOCS® service, Quality Health First® Program and the Indiana Network for Patient Care. The health information exchange as well as these clinical applications were developed by the Regenstrief Institute, a world-renowned medical informatics research organization, and are supported and delivered by IHIE.

IHIE’s data integration is rapidly expanding beyond its current capacity, creating the need for a scalable solution to help connect more hospitals and facilities to the exchange. Deploying AT&T* Healthcare Community Online powered by Covisint, will position IHIE to boost support of its existing community, respond to new providers’ immediate needs and expand business plans.

IHIE will initially implement AT&T Healthcare Community Online’s Clinical Message Exchange in three key hospitals, providing a highly-secure, scalable and flexible clinical interface integration platform. This will improve IHIE’s ability to accelerate data integration processes within the exchange, and make clinical data available in a highly-secure manner across the entire community of care. IHIE has plans to add more than 60 additional hospitals to the platform this year.

This is the beginning of what IHIE and AT&T believe is a nationwide opportunity for collaboration.

“Our vision is to establish a model of health information exchange for the nation,” said Harold J. Apple, President and Chief Executive Officer of IHIE. “We operate the most advanced system for connecting disparate healthcare IT systems in the nation, and AT&T is helping us take our efforts to the next level.”

Additionally, IHIE is launching a professional services organization to serve regional and state HIEs, and large health systems across the country. IHIE Professional Services will provide planning and advisory services for all aspects of health information exchange, including governance, strategic planning, policy, trust, stakeholder commitment, product delivery and sustainability. IHIE and AT&T will collaborate on the development and deployment of these services.

“The coordinated collaborative care market is on the brink of transformation. We believe that the future of healthcare is a connected one - where information will be exchanged across states, regions, and eventually across the nation,” said Randall Porter, Assistant Vice President, AT&T ForHealth. “Our new relationship with IHIE as the largest exchange across the country will be essential to realizing that vision.”

Features of AT&T’s Clinical Message Exchange to be utilized by IHIE:

  • Any-to-any messaging to automate point-to-point communication
  • Messaging Hub enabling all message translation and routing
  • Message tracking for audit logging for HIPAA and HITECH purposes
  • Highly-secure communication and collaboration capabilities across network domains and organizations

AT&T Healthcare Community Online will be demonstrated at the AT&T booth #3829 in Las Vegas at HIMSS12 from Feb. 20 - Feb. 24, 2012.