Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) Enhancing Provider Health Data Sharing Through Mini Grants
In 2007, the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) became the first live, statewide health information network in the nation. The organization serves all of Delaware’s acute care hospitals, and long-term care skilled nursing facilities.
DHIN recently made headlines with the announcement that Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is accepting one-time mini-grant applications from the state’s healthcare providers – who will receive a full-range of tools offered by DHIN.
According to this EHR Intelligence article, these mini-grants are currently being accepted from small primary care and other medical practices, behavioral health providers, accountable care organizations (ACOs), or Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that are not benefiting from the DHIN tools.
“This mini-grant opportunity will help primary care practices to serve their patients more effectively by enriching the electronic data they have available for each patient,” said Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, in this announcement from the State of Delaware. “The mini-grants also will help primary care practices to prepare for value-based care and improving health, which are critical to reducing the overall cost of health care across the spectrum.”
“DHIN is thrilled to work with the Department of Health and Social Services to bring data services to the health care providers of Delaware in support of treatment decisions at the point of care as well as care coordination, patient engagement, and data analytics,” added Dr. Jan Lee, CEO of the Delaware Health Information Network.
Grant winners will be offered a wide-range of health data exchange services, which include:
- Access to the Community Health Record (CHR), the longitudinal view of each patient’s health data regardless of place and date of service.
- A results-delivery interface that enables DHIN to securely deliver all result types from all data senders directly into the provider’s Electronic Health Record (EHR).
- Care Summary Exchange, which enables the provider to send a summary of each clinical encounter to the DHIN, thus enriching the data within the CHR for all users.
- Event Notification Services (ENS), by which DHIN can notify the provider or a designated care coordinator of admissions or discharges of their patients to approximately 200 hospitals, emergency departments (EDs), and other care settings across Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, District of Columbia, southern New Jersey, and selected Pennsylvania EDs.
- Patient Portal/Personal Health Record (PHR), co-branded for the practice, by which a participating patient can view all their health data submitted to DHIN by all sources. The DHIN PHR is certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to meet all requirements for patient engagement under Meaningful Use and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.
- Medication history, activated through the CHR, which enables on-demand retrieval of a 12-month prescription fill history, thus facilitating medication reconciliation.
To learn more about the application process, please click here.
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