September 8, 2008
AmeriHealth New Jersey Launches Statewide Program to Give Physicians Shared, Web Access to Patients’ Imaging Records
AmeriHealth New Jersey today announced its sponsorship of the "New Jersey Health Information Exchange (NJHIE)," a new initiative designed to give radiologists and other physicians 24-hour electronic access to shared-patient medical imaging records through a secure web portal.
New Jersey physicians can join the Exchange at no cost. The twelve-month pilot program, now underway, focuses on giving physician-members on-line access to medical imaging, such as CAT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and X-rays, and associated reports from participating hospitals and imaging centers. This initial program will especially benefit radiologists, who now have immediate access to a greater number of pre-existing images and reports. Other medical professionals, in turn, will benefit from spending less time securing patient records and being able to make faster, more accurate emergency room assessments.
"This new program will give New Jersey doctors, nurses and other health care providers the modern information tools they need to provide their patients with the finest possible care," said Paul Portsmore, vice president, health services for AmeriHealth. "The Exchange will increase convenience and, most importantly, enhance patient outcomes."
The Exchange is being built by Philadelphia-based HxTechnologies (HxTI), a health care IT and services company specializing in health information exchange. HxTI will also maintain the system and audit its use to enforce compliance. The Exchange will rigorously enforce the privacy and security safeguards already in place at each participating medical facility, and typically exceed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements. Patients will always have the final say over whether or not their records can be shared across the network. Physician use of the system is strictly limited to patient treatment purposes.
"Our data indicates that up to 20 percent of patients have relevant prior images that are scattered among multiple health care providers and are typically inaccessible to other physicians," said Dr. Elliot Menschik, HxTI's founder and president. "With this groundbreaking initiative, AmeriHealth is leveraging technology to help deliver immediate benefits to patients and their providers, while laying the foundation for the next-generation health-delivery system."
Beyond the initial pilot program, AmeriHealth anticipates broadening the scope of the Exchange to other types of medical records in 2009. AmeriHealth and HxTechnologies are currently working with an initial number of participating health care providers. Providers interested in participating in the Exchange are encouraged to contact HxTechnologies at 215-923-4984, or request information at [email protected] to learn more.
AmeriHealth New Jersey provides health care coverage to nearly 230,000 New Jersey residents. The company's contracted hospital and physician network includes thousands of physicians at 76 hospitals throughout its service area.
AmeriHealth New Jersey has offices in Mt. Laurel and Iselin. The company's managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO Inc. of New Jersey, has received the highest possible accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) by meeting NCQA's rigorous evaluation standards. AmeriHealth New Jersey is part of AmeriHealth, Inc, a growing group of insurance and health care companies whose product portfolio includes health insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and management services. For more information on AmeriHealth, visit our website at www.amerihealth.com.
HxTechnologies (HxTI) is a technology-enhanced health care services company that partners with payers and providers to unlock the value of clinical data scattered across the disparate health care organizations. We improve the quality, safety and cost of care by giving payers, providers and patients unified, electronic access to medical history and results drawn from disparate care providers, on-demand and in real-time. To learn more, visit www.hxti.com.