Published on October 31, 2017

Mark Lewis Shares User Perspective at HSX Event

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (November 1, 2017): Mercy Accountable Care, LLC’s Senior Data and Quality Analyst, Mark E. Lewis, MPH, served as member of a panel discussing users’ perspectives of the region’s health information exchange at an October 24 event entitled “Health Information Exchange in Post-Acute Care.” The event was sponsored by the Philadelphia region’s HealthShare Exchange (HSX), and hosted by the Independence Blue Cross Center for Healthcare Innovation.

“The HSX data is incredibly valuable to our ACO for both analytics and early intervention. It allows us to support quality improvement initiatives, in part by not only determining reasons for use, but also location of services,” said Lewis.

Lewis also offered insights into his own experience with HSX’s Population Health Workgroup, describing how Mercy Accountable Care is using HSX’s Encounter Notification System to support care management staff, and ultimately sharing data with primary care physicians to raise awareness of Emergency Department and inpatient utilization.

HSX provides a way to securely transmit electronic medical record (EMR) data of different hospital health systems, medical centers, and clinics—and the claims data of healthcare insurers—and makes this information accessible at inpatient and outpatient points of care, including medical practice offices. Its purpose is to promote continuity of care by reducing duplication, improving access to critical information and alerting alert care providers to care events.

In the future, Lewis anticipates that as more providers across the continuum become adept at using HSX, users will have improved access to discharge information from facilities. “We need to close the gap on long-term care information to have a more thorough real-time picture of patient interactions,” Lewis stated.