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Health information exchange partners on clinical interface

June 8, 2016
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Great Lakes Health Connect, or GLHC, is a nonprofit health information exchange, or HIE, based in Grand Rapids. Photo via

A local health information exchange has teamed up with a health care technology company to provide a clinical interface for skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies.

The nonprofit Great Lakes Health Connect in Grand Rapids and Salt Lake City-based VorroHealth announced this weekend their partnership to implement VorroHealth’s clinical interface product, BridgeGateHealth, an advanced integration technology, across Michigan.

The interface allows for the transfer of clinical data from skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies in compliance with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, or IMPACT, of 2014.

IMPACT requires the submission of standardized data by long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, according to the organizations.

BridgeGateHealth extracts clinically relevant patient information from the minimum data set, as well as outcome and assessment information and converts the information into a standardized continuity-of-care document.

VorroHealth said BridgeGateHealth’s "any-to-any integration platform" handles complex data with "virtually no coding required," reducing the complexity and length of integration projects to weeks or days, resulting in lower costs.

Doug Dietzman, executive director at Great Lakes Health Connect, said his organization continues to look for ways to “improve collaboration and coordination” between care professionals, and he said the partnership with VorroHealth is “one more way to add value.”

Great Lakes Health Connect already provides its Virtual Integrated Patient Record, or VIPR, product to health care providers, giving them real-time access to a comprehensive longitudinal view of a patient’s health record and treatment history.

As a condition for access to VIPR, network participants are required to contribute patient data to the database, which the nonprofit said creates a reciprocal value.

BridgeGate was first used in the retail and defense industries. Today, it integrates millions of health care transactions from more than 5,000 disparate systems.

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