Privacy, Security and Consent Management for Electronic Health Information Exchange Grant Program awarded to Hielix, Inc.

Friday, 03 April 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) awarded a $299,137 grant to Hielix, Inc., for work on Part B of the Privacy, Security and Consent Management for Electronic Health Information Exchange Grant Program. They will focus on providing technical assistance and education on e-health privacy, security and consent management for health informatities to make the best possible health decisions. This funding will further support readiness to advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model and Accountable Communities for Health.


The grant program goals include:

Ensuring health care professionals, hospitals, behavioral health, long-term and post-acute care, local public health, and social services have the access to the knowledge and tools required to use, disclose and share health information in a safe and secure manner.


Ensuring that health care professionals, hospitals and health settings have access to education and technical assistance on privacy, security and consent management practices that are based on both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Minnesota Statutes.

Identifying opportunities for:

Improvement in current patient consent processes for the release of protected health information required for health information exchange


access to education and technical assistance for health care professionals, hospitals and health settings on implementing leading practices for enabling safe and secure electronic health information exchange across multiple and diverse health care settings for the purpose of care coordination activities consistent and uniform policies and procedures


Minnesota's $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant made this award possible. The MDH and the Department of Human Services (DHS) jointly received this federal grant in 2013 and are using the funds to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. The model helps providers and communities work together to reduce costs and create healthier futures for Minnesotans. It supports community and provider partnerships, team care, care coordination, Accountable Care Organizations, payment reform, and health information technology investments.

The Minnesota Accountable Health Model will further test and evaluate whether investments in e-health, data analytics used for population health, and HIE can be used to accelerate the movement of health care providers and organizations to shared cost, shared savings or Total Cost of Care (TCOC) arrangements.

In addition, these investments build upon and align with the vision of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative to accelerate the adoption and use of Health Information Technology (HIT) in order to improve health care quality, increase patient safety, reduce health care costs and improve public health. Built on the 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record (EHR) Mandate, these e-health investments can move all providers to adopt and use e-health to support participation in the Minnesota Accountable Health Model.

For more information about the grant program and the State Innovation Model testing grant please visit the Minnesota Accountable Health Model-SIM Minnesota website. For more information about e-Health please visit the Minnesota e-Health website.


Announced in the Minnesota SIM Newsletter.

ICD-10 go-live delays will cost early adopters

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The recent announcement by CMS that the date for ICD-10 implementation will be reconsidered will have a number of unintended (or more accurately, not thought out) consequences.

Many large providers, hybrids and academic medical centers are well on their way to meeting the current deadline and have significant investment made in both permanent and temporary staffing to support these projects. Also, many vendors are working hard to get their systems ready for ICD-10 and have established plans to complete prior to October 2014.

Unfortunately there is a great disconnect between the physician practices/AMA and the larger health systems and hospitals who have already invested considerable time and money working toward the October deadline. In a 2011 survey by HealthLeaders Media, respondents cited, "The No. 1 challenge providers named in preventing them from attaining ICD-10 readiness was physician cooperation" – who knew just how foreboding that statement would be!

Transitions of Care

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

We have completed a series of webinars with our Transitions of Care partner, the National Rural Health Resource Center, the video is below:



Keep your foot on the pedal for MU Stage 2

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Recently CMS announced their intention to propose a postponement to Stage 3 of Meaningful Use (MU) and the updated certification requirements for EHR software until 2017 for organizations that meet the basic criteria of having already attested to MU for two years previously. I belong to several organizations for medical informaticists and clinicians, and I continue to watch their back and forth with interest. Initially, there seemed to be some misunderstanding that the deadline for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use and 2014 EHR Certification was being postponed, but that is not the case. Only the end of Stage 2 and the beginning of Stage 3 and the associated EHR certification requirements are being pushed back. This clarification has caused something of a firestorm among these groups.