When HIMSS attendees think health information exchange, theyre usually thinking about provider-to-provider, a complicated enough transaction. But one corner of this years Interoperability Showcase, held during the entirety of this years conference, will feature exchange with patients, a growing trend as personal health records proliferate and wearable devices and home monitoring equipment contribute new data streams.
Visitors to that corner may encounter Aaron Seib, CEO of the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), which is striving to build a trust framework that will bridge the yawning chasm between personal health records (maintained by the patient), and electronic health records (maintained by the provider, who often has a deep distrust of information maintained by the patient). If the visitors have any involvement in health information exchange, Seib wants to talk to them about his fledgling organization, launched in May 2013 as a result of an ONC-funded pilot among several western states.
Seib wants NATE to become a key part of trusted information exchange, so that organizations wont have to vet PHR products themselves but can work with any PHR that adheres to NATEs framework. (Several vendors have signed on, including No More Clipboard, Humetrix, and HealthVault.)
Why havent PHRs taken off? he asks. Its like visiting an empty library. Interoperability between EHRs and PHRs will relieve patients of the onerous and error-generating task of entering the information themselves.
Two of the organizations partners, the Santa Cruz (Calif.) HIE and the University of California at San Diego, will be part of NATEs demo, showcasing real-world scenarios in which patients use PHRs and Direct secure messaging to communicate with providers, and collect information through wearable devices and communicate it to their physicians.
NATEs demo isnt confined to the showcase. The workstation at Santa Cruz HIEs exhibit will also show the PHR transactions, as will the iPads and laptops of attendees affiliated with NATE or its members.
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