eHealth Exchange and InterSystems Partner to Reduce Data Sharing Expense

The partnership promotes patient-centric services.

Today, eHealth Exchange announced that it will integrate its Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources Healthcare Directory with InterSystems solutions to reduce information sharing expense, expand its national reach and support innovative capabilities.

According to eHealth Exchange — a nationwide health information network that connects the public and private sectors — the integration could enable the network to enhance its patient-centric service while completing its implementation of the Carequality Interoperability Framework. The framework is used to share data across networks.

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“A one-gateway solution for a network of our size will dramatically increase connectivity for the entire country while saving millions of dollars in (information technology) infrastructure and effort for our participants and their future exchange partners,” said Jay Nakashima, executive director of eHealth Exchange.

Nakashima said that the single connection to eHealth Exchange will allow participants to securely exchange patient information within the network and with other Carequality-enabled networks, including athenahealth, CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic and Surescripts.

The updates come on the 10-year anniversary of eHealth Exchange, which started as an initiative for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Now, eHealth Exchange connects federal agencies, 75 percent of U.S. hospitals, tens of thousands of clinics and 59 regional and state health information exchange networks.

“As participation in eHealth Exchange continues to grow — in transaction volume and membership — the scalability, durability and performance of InterSystems is perfectly suited for supporting that growth,” said Don Woodlock, vice president of HealthShare for InterSystems.

eHealth Exchange plans to continue being patient-focused and participant-driven in the years to come.

“Providing better connectivity between providers of all types and the patients they serve gets us all to a shared common objective: a unified view of the patient and a more engaged and engaging healthcare system,” Woodlock said.

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