If you get confused by the growing array of organizations involved in health information technology (HIT) in Indiana, you’re not alone.
ISMA Reports offers you a simple refresher on some of the key players in HIT you’ll be hearing more about in the future.
BioCrossroads is Indiana’s initiative to grow, advance and invest in the life sciences. A public-private collaboration, it supports existing research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development. It provides money and support to life sciences businesses, launches new life sciences enterprises, expands collaboration and partnerships among Indiana’s life science institutions, promotes science education and markets Indiana’s life sciences industry.
Regenstrief Institute is an internationally recognized informatics and health care research organization dedicated to improvement of health through research to enhance quality and cost-effectiveness in health care.
Established in 1969 by philanthropist Sam Regenstrief at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, the institute is supported by the Regenstrief Foundation and closely affiliated with IU School of Medicine and the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County.
Expanding Indiana’s Breakthroughs in Health Information Technology, or Exibhit Indiana, is an initiative to promote Indiana’s comprehensive strengths and leadership in HIT. Created before any health care reform legislation or grants, the initiative was intended to package Indiana as a leader in HIT and monitor the various entities involved in the HIT environment in our state.
Exibhit Indiana encourages state and local agencies, research institutions, health care providers and enterprises to expand HIT strengths to provide better health care information for our communities.
| Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT)
IHIT is a state-chartered non-profit entity created to accept the recent award of a $10.3 million grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will further enhance the state’s existing HIT delivery system. IHIT will serve as a governance and contracting structure to oversee implementation of the grant that will help extend HIT networks to every corner of the state, working with Indiana’s five health information exchanges (HIEs).
Those HIEs are: Indiana Health Information Exchange or IHIE (Indianapolis, its nine-county region and more), Med-Web (Allen County, contiguous communities, northeastern Indiana and parts of central Indiana), Michiana Health Information Network (numerous physician groups, hospitals and health centers in northwestern Indiana), HealthLinc (numerous partners including Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington Hospital of Orange County, Southern Indiana Radiological Associates), HealthBridge (Indiana’s suburban Cincinnati counties, including Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville; partners with HealthLinc).
|Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC)
Regenstrief Institute operates INPC to securely aggregate and deliver patient information like lab results, reports, medication histories, treatment histories and more, in a standardized, electronic format for health care providers. A clinical informatics network, it is served by Community Hospitals Indianapolis, St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, Clarian Health, Wishard Health Services and Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes.
A total of 40 medical facilities serving more than 6 million patients are members of the INPC network, which makes patient data from one institution securely available to any other INPC participant in real time, giving doctors the information they need to make critical decisions.