CIHIE will electronically connect hospitals, healthcare providers and other healthcare services organizations.
A5.com, an Empyrean company, has won a multi-million dollar contract to implement and manage the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange, which will electronically connect the region’s hospitals, health care providers and other healthcare services organizations.
The 5-year contract calls for A5 to develop the exchange using the SaaS (software-as-a-service) model in which the hardware, software and data center operations will be managed by A5. The company will also deploy analytics and management platforms to augment the core SaaS offering in conjunction with ICA Informatics and the CIHIE member organizations.
The exchange is being developed for members of the CIHIE regional consortium comprised of hospitals, healthcare providers, payers and other related parties. CIHIE will govern the exchange and plans to begin piloting the network in the 1st quarter of 2012.
“A5 will provide consulting, design, implementation and the operational foundation for the CIHIE here in Illinois,” reports Steve Hope, the president of A5.com. “The project is a partnership between CIHIE, ICA Informatics of Nashville, TN, and A5.com.”
The CIHIE hopes to reduce duplication of tests and procedures, enhance prescribing capabilities and facilitate communication with groups that might not have the financial capability to deploy their own electronic healthcare record (EHR) system at their facility.
The providers involved in the CIHIE initially include, Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal; Community Health Improvement Center, Decatur; Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur; Easter Seals of Peoria & Bloomington-Normal & Decatur; Heartland Community Health Clinic, Peoria; Human Services Center, Peoria; Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Peoria; Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria; OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria; Proctor Hospital, Peoria; St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur; St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator; and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
To contact A5.com, call (309) 999-2700.