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Maine’s HealthInfoNet Chooses 3M For Statewide Health Information Exchange

3M Health Information Systems : 27 March, 2007  (New Product)
3M Health Information Systems has been selected the vendor of choice by HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange (HIE) to provide the interoperability solution needed to build one of the USA's first statewide health information-sharing networks.
Following an extensive national search, 3M and its partners, Orion Health and Connectria, were chosen to create an integrated health information system designed to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in Maine and, over time, make personal health information more available to patients. The parties are currently negotiating a definitive agreement.

“A growing number of physicians and other leaders in Maine are convinced that the creation of a statewide clinical information-sharing network is one of the most important steps Maine can take to improve the quality of health care,” said Devore S Culver, executive director for HealthInfoNet, the independent nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to build the state's HIE. “We believe this technology will give clinicians the information they need - when they need it most - to make better and more informed treatment decisions.”

Culver noted, “The advanced technology provided by 3M and its partners makes it possible to achieve the highest level of data interoperability. It also provides a high degree of security in a network that has patient privacy as its number one priority.”

Following a three-year planning and development process, HealthInfoNet's first-stage implementation phase will permit rapid access to patient-specific healthcare data at the point of care and across networks, hospital systems, and state lines. Maine is one of nine states chosen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to gather and report information to help establish best practices for HIE projects and Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs).

Under the proposed agreement, 3M Health Information Systems will deliver a highly scalable, interoperable system that includes the 3M Clinical Data Repository, 3M Enterprise Master Person Index, and 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary. Orion Health will provide its Concerto Medical Applications Portal, Rhapsody Integration Engine, and Concerto Forms solution. Connectria will supply remote hosting services.

“We are delighted to be part of HealthInfoNet's groundbreaking initiative,” said Ray Terrill, government business unit manager for 3M Health Information Systems. “Our products and services have been proven in large-scale implementations, such as the Department of Defense's electronic medical record. 3M's focus on interoperability enables our customers to exchange data at regional, state, and national levels. We share HealthInfoNet‘s commitment to improving healthcare quality.”

HealthInfoNet is a public-private partnership governed by a multi-stakeholder board of directors that includes providers, employers, consumers, payers and state government.
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