During LIVE Demonstration, MEDITECH Paves the Mass HIway to Interoperability


At our recent CIO Technology Forum, attendees had the chance to see interoperability in action—during a LIVE medical summary exchange demonstration between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston and St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.

St. Vincent is a MEDITECH facility participating in the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway) — the Commonwealth’s largest health information exchange (HIE).

“By giving their customers the freedom to choose any health information services provider, MEDITECH has become the great enabler of the Mass HIway. It’s the most successful HIE approach around,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a pioneer in community-wide HIE projects.

John Halamka, MD, CIO of BIDMC and chairman of New England Health Exchange Network (NEHEN), joined John Bednarski, director of IT at St. Vincent, in demonstrating the Continuity of Care Document (CCD) exchange.

“MEDITECH’s CCD is clinically rich,” said Halamka. “The patient’s medications, allergies, and medical history are easily incorporated into the medical record summary, thereby improving care transitions. The MEDITECH HIE business model, which avoids transaction fees, is a best practice."

Team Building: Exchanging Ideas as Well as Data

MEDITECH is proud to introduce a new HIE Advisory Board, to facilitate more discussions with healthcare organizations on interoperability issues.

“Establishing an HIE Advisory Board will give us more opportunities to collaborate with our customers," says John Valutkevich, manager of interoperability initiatives. "Their feedback will help us to prioritize data elements, clinical workflows, and goals for the future."