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Presented by the NVTC Health Technology Committee

October 10, 2007
Health Information Exchanges & Regional Organizations -
HIE + RHIO = Better Medical Care + Privacy & Security


NVTC Health Technology Committee Delves Into the Necessity, Benefits and Challenges of Sharing Health Data—on a Regional and National Basis

The NVTC Health Technology Committee hosted its first Event on October 10, "Health Information Exchanges (HIE) & Regional Organizations • HIE + RHIO = Better Medical Care + Privacy and Security." The event, which attracted 55 registrants, included an insightful keynote presentation by Donald L. Holmquest, MD, JD, PhD, and former astronaut, and now President and CEO, CalRHIO. A lively discussion ensued, with a distinguished panel of experts sharing their experiences in the effective delivery and use of electronic health information, masterfully led by The Honorable Jane Woods of the College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University, and former Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources and State Senator. Tobin Seven, Co-chair of the committee, welcomed the presenters and the attendees and encouraged them to participate in the important work of the committee in encouraging the greater use of technology in the delivery of healthcare in Northern Virginia.

In addition to Dr. Holmquest, the panelists included:
  • Stephen Badger, CEO, George Washington University Medical Associates (GWUMA), an NVTC Platinum Sponsor of the committee
  • William R. Braithwaite, MD, Ph.D., "Doctor HIPAA," Health Information Policy Consultant, Former Senior Advisor on Health Information Policy, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Chief Medical Officer, Revolution Health
During his keynote, Holmquest described the evolution, current status and financial model of CalRHIO, which has the goals of:
  • Delivering health care services reliably, securely and affordably to clinicians; patients; state, city, local and federal health agencies; and local exchange efforts throughout California;
  • Creating a secure, electronically connected California population of providers, patients and consumers; and
  • Offering an information infrastructure that supports optimum healthcare delivery.
If a strong HIE system is built nationally, Holmquest believes that the United States could save $192 billion a year in health costs. The cost of building and maintaining such systems is $500 million - $800 million, according to Holmquest.

A huge challenge in effective health care delivery, according to Holmquest, is connecting the different "silos" (e.g., emergency services, pharmacies, community care systems, etc.)—many of which are primarily operating in a "paper"-based information system. Because health records are not being shared among the different holders, the quality of healthcare is suffering and costs are out of control.

Holmquest provided some shocking statistics about the impact of the lack of sharing this information—both in California and nationally:
  • Critical information is missing in nearly 14 percent of primary care visits;
  • Treating physicians are unaware of one-quarter of their patients' prescriptions;
  • Patients are submitting to duplicate testing 50 percent of the time; and
  • Drug or radiology exams are being unnecessarily duplicated 11 percent of the time.
After Holmquest's keynote, the panelists fielded questions posed by Woods and members of the audience. Gruen said that Revolution Health is giving consumers ownership of their health data and providing analytic tools for consumers to have a "robust [online] experience that is personalized to them." Consumers are asking for this information and should be able to access it easily, according to Gruen.

Badger agreed that consumers should help accumulate their health data and have access to it. GWUMA has instituted an online patient portal that encourages this type of data exchange. However, before any data is posted, it is reviewed by physicians to ensure that the data is not only meaningful to patients, but is "helpful, meaningful and relevant" for physicians, as well. The data must be concise and organized for it to be useful to physicians, according to Badger.

Braithwaite concurred that patients should play an active role in the supply of health data, and that "patients are more than capable" of providing data and should do so before any care is provided, so that educated decisions can be made by health care providers.

The Health Technology Committee thanks its sponsors for their support of this important event:

Platinum Sponsors: The George Washington University Virginia Campus; IBM Global Business Services; Inova Health System; Noblis; Northern Virginia Community College; PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; SRA International.

Silver Sponsors: George Mason University College of Health & Human Services; VMD Systems Integrators.

Keynote Speaker:
Don Holmquest, MD, JD, PhD, and former astronaut, CEO, California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO)

Panelists:
Don Holmquest, MD, JD, PhD, and former astronaut, CEO, California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO)
Stephen Badger, CEO, George Washington University Medical Associates
William R. Braithwaite, MD, Ph.D., "Doctor HIPAA," Health Information Policy Consultant, Former Senior Advisor on Health Information Policy, Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Chief Medical Officer, Revolution Health

Moderator:
Jane Woods, George Mason University - College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), former Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources and State Senator

Speaker Presentations:
  • Connecting California: Building a Statewide Health Information Exchange Utility - Donald Holmquest, MD, JD, PhD
  • NOVA RHIO Timeline - The Hon. Jane Woods




  • Keynote presenter, Dr. Don Holmquest, President & CEO, CalRHIO, discusses the challenges of developing and implementing a statewide and national electronic health information system.



    Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Chief Medical Officer, Revolution Health, explains that consumers have the right to easily and efficiently access their health information online. (l-r) Gruen; Stephen Badger, CEO, George Washington University Medical Associates; Holmquest; Dr. Bill Braithwaite, Health Information Policy Consultant, Former Senior Advisor on Health Information Policy, Department of Health and Human Services.



    Moderator Jane Woods, of GMU and former Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources and State Senator, describes the timeline for launch of the NOVA RHIO.


    Location:
    Sheraton at Tysons
    8661 Leesburg Pike
    Vienna, VA