As a large HIE, Healthix accumulates data from across the region and across many diverse facility types. Coding data from one organization may be different from what other organizations use. These misalignments can make it difficult to report out comprehensive results. For example, during COVID-19 there were more than 3,000 codes being used for COVID-19 testing. To send alerts, all these codes had to be mapped correctly.
For HIE data to be optimized, there needs to be standardization and alignment. Healthix is taking key steps to improve data standardization. With terminology mapping, we are focusing on lab results followed by immunizations and diagnoses codes. We will begin with hospitals and large integrated delivery networks (IDNs) to establish agreed upon standardizations. It should be noted that the raw data brought into Healthix remains intact, with the standardization occurring upon retrieval of the data.
Healthix is working with customers on eMPI patient overlays to identify and de-duplicate MRNs and patients. These two initiatives provide the foundation for standardization of ADT and HERDs feeds, the pursuit of NCQA Developer Certification and quality data services.