Last month, Wyoming announced that they were establishing the Wyoming Frontier Information Exchange. It is being built to become a centralized clinical data repository for participating vendors. According to James Bush, MD, Wyoming Medicaid medical director, “Currently, providers ae struggling to coordinate care due to limited patient information. By forming the statewide HIE, we can build a community of health that will securely place comprehensive, usable data in the hands of our healthcare providers.”

Data quality within the HIE

The AHIMA reports that the average duplicate health record rate at a healthcare facility is between 8 and 12 percent. CHIME reports that the health record error rate is usually closer to 10 to 20 percent within a healthcare entity and it rises to 50 to 60 percent when entities exchange with each other.

For an HIE to be successful, healthcare entities must make sure that they are sharing data for the right patient. Using an absolute healthcare identity system will ensure the data being shared is for the right patient. Patient identity systems that use a combination of smart card, bio-metric identification, and cloud-based security technologies to ensure accurate patient identity each time a patient receives care. Much like a modern debit card, the micro-chipped  smart cards cannot be copied without considerable resources. It also cannot be swapped or borrowed, like health insurance or social security cards. By presenting a smart card, patients quickly can prove their identity beyond a doubt at any participating facility.

Building an HIE network

Dr. Bush plans for the Wyoming Frontier Information Exchange to expand to offer interstate connectivity with other providers, offering the potential for greater information sharing. He hopes his HIE will become a regional HIE, including Colorado, Utah, South Dakota and Montana by 2020.

In order to accomplish his goals, he needs a system like Privasent. Privasent eliminates errors by capturing a unique biometric identity using palm vein scanning technology coupled with smartcards for multi-factor identification. An encrypted identity is associated with the patient’s EHRs each time the patient authenticates, providing a foundation for linking disparate records among the providers information systems as well as among providers in an HIE.

By using Privasent, providers can be confident that their patient indices are precise and accurate. Patients can be confident that their care records truly reflect their history and care. Payers can validate that their members’ beneficiaries have received the claimed care.

Smart cards linked with biometrics can be the key to establishing a secure HIE, but sometimes seeing is believing. To learn more about Privasent’s solution combining biometric security and smart cards for patients, contact us today.