We met with Ragan Sappington, Healthcare Interoperability Practice Director to learn how we are improving the delivery of healthcare in the state of Alabama.
1. Can you tell us a little more about our Alabama Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program?
Alabama One Health Record® (ALOHR) is the HIE serving the state of Alabama. The mission of ALOHR is to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in the state. Ultimately, it provides consumers access to their own health information and helps them make more informed health care decisions.
ALOHR is an interoperable, two-way data exchange platform for providers, hospitals, and other trading partners within Alabama and across the nation. It provides a secure network to facilitate data exchange that supports patient-centered healthcare and continuous improvements in access, quality, outcomes, and efficiency.
Under the guidance of the Alabama Health Information Commission and with our support, ALOHR has emerged as an interoperable, comprehensive solution needed to transform statewide health care for all Alabamians. To-date, ALOHR maintains a Master Provider Index (MPI) representing more than 3.5 million covered lives. Over the past four years, we have connected more than 5,500 points of care locations, allowing the secure exchange of clinically relevant data between various data trading partners, including:
2. What are the top three things employees should know about the AL HIE Program?
3. How have we provided value to the Alabama Medicaid Agency with this project?
The tangible results are seen daily with the increased number of points-of-care locations that are sharing critical health information for patients in real-time through direct connections and inter-connections to other Exchanges on the state and national levels.
As of July 1, 2020, ALOHR has successfully connected to over 5,500+ points of care locations. Over 4.2 million registered clinical documents are available for query and retrieved through the ALOHR Exchange. Clinical Alert subscribers have received 119,000+ Admission, Discharge, and Transfer alert notifications. In addition, 64,100+ alerts have been delivered via ALOHR Direct Secure Messaging mailboxes to Alabama’s Coordinated Health Network, and 49,300+ alerts distributed to six Alabama Accountable Care Organizations.
Our team is proud to support Alabama during state and national public crises:
4. What are you looking forward to most because of this project?
This project improves the quality and safety of patient care by delivering real-time critical health information to care providers and patients. The ALOHR HIE is in a position with its robust technology platform to evolve over the years to support critical initiatives that stimulate consumer education and patient’s involvement in their own health care. The ALOHR HIE delivers on its mission of ‘No Provider Left Behind’ and provides Alabamians an opportunity to have access to their comprehensive medical record.
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