HealthHIE Nevada teams with VA and DoD

HealthHIE Nevada, the Silver State’s health information exchange, said this week it is working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to make their patients’ clinical information available to service members statewide.

Since the connection went live on June 12, active duty military members, veterans and their families have been able to use the exchange to access labs, medications and discharge information – with HealthHIE also making electronic medical record data available to VA and DoD providers.

DoD and VA are now two of more than 140 organizations in Nevada working with HealthHIE to securely manage clinical data between Nevada physicians’ offices, hospitals, diagnostic services and other healthcare providers – eliminating the need for patients to collect and transfer paper records their appointments.

HealthHIE Nevada points to U.S. Census Bureau statistics showing that there are more than 226,000 veterans and 13,000 active-duty military personnel in Nevada – many of whom receive care in both the VA system and from non-VA community providers.

This new connection will allow healthcare providers at the VA to access clinical data from other organizations participating in HealthHIE Nevada, such as Renown Health, Dignity Health, Saint Mary’s Medical Center, University Medical Center and others.

“Whether they are on active duty, readjusting to civilian life or have been retired for years, we are honored to help our active duty military and veterans by providing physicians and other healthcare providers access to their medical records,” Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealthHIE Nevada, said in a news release.

“This new service is designed to improve care coordination between VA, DoD and local health care facilities to ultimately improve patient care wherever they receive care in Nevada,” he added.

Mike Miliard is editor-in-chief of Healthcare IT News
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