The time line for building a health information exchange in Davidson County is getting clearer. Within the next 30 to 45 days, the local HIE — dubbed Middle Tennessee eHealth Connect — plans to have a signed agreement to join the contract forged between the health information exchange in Memphis and local technology provider Informatics Corporation of America, said Janet King, project manager for Regional Informatics at Vanderbilt Center for Better Health. King, who helped launch Memphis’ HIE in 2006, said the Nashville exchange will effectively join Memphis’ contract with ICA, extending the HIE platform while keeping Nashville’s data separate. By doing this and “not reinventing the wheel,” the Nashville exchange should be functional six to nine months later at about half the cost it of starting from scratch with a different vendor, according to King and MTeHC Chairman Larry Kloess, CEO of TriStar Health System. The MTeHC is year-old nonprofit organization comprised of representatives from TriStar Health System, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Saint Thomas Health Services and Nashville General Hospital. The organization plans to begin exchanging data among the emergency departments at Nashville facilities. Currently operating under a $150,000 grant from Cigna, MTeHC is in the process of securing public funding as well as commitments from each of the hospital stakeholders to fund its initial operations.
Aug 30, 2010 2:50 PM