Operated by AzHeC, The Network is Arizona’s non-profit statewide health information exchange (HIE) that enables improvements in care coordination and quality by electronically linking health care organizations across the state through a single connection and filling gaps in patient information.
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The Network Benefits
The Network serves as a community data trustee and a network of networks that allows participants to save time and resources and create a more comprehensive patient record providing the right information at the right time and place.
Patient Rights Process Toolkit
The Network helps providers comply with state and federal law that requires those who participate in a health information organization (HIO), like The Network, to have in place a patient notification and opt out process. The Network assists providers by offering a Patient Rights Process Toolkit and by providing hands-on help with putting this process in place.
Key Services of The Network
A full description of The Network’s current services is available in The Network Services Guide
- Bidirectional Exchange – a Network connection to a participant’s EHR allowing access to patient health information by all authorized Network users and enabling the participant’s certified EHR to query The Network and receive information on patients.
- Alerts & Notifications – a Network subscription service for participants that sends real-time alerts of patient ED registrations, inpatient admissions, discharges and transfers, or notifications of patient lab and radiology results based on a patient panel provided by the Participant.
- Provider Portal – a web-based portal that allows an authorized user of a Network participant to access patient records one patient at a time.
- Payer Portal – a web-based portal that allows an authorized user of a Network health plan participant to access beneficiary health records one beneficiary at a time.
- Public Health Reporting Gateway – an electronic gateway for Network participants to submit state and federally required public health information from their certified EHR system.
- Direct Secure Email – a HIPAA-compliant, encrypted application that enables secure messaging between Network participants and providers for point-to-point sending and receiving of routine information such as referrals, simple clinical messages and test results.
- eHealth Exchange – a secure electronic exchange of patient information via the national eHealth Exchange network, enabling access to and sharing of patient records with HIEs in other states and with federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Core Network Components
Core technical components that form the backbone of The Network and support the transfer of patient information include the following:
- Master Patient Index – A database that maintains a unique index (or identifier) for every patient whose information has been received by The Network.
- Provider/User Directory – A directory that contains both individual level and entity level information on individual health care professionals and health care organizations.
- Integration Engine – The Mirth Connect Integration Engine that enables unidirectional and bidirectional interfaces, query-response interactions with eHealth Exchange and distribution of machine readable Alerts and Notifications. This tool set also provides the capabilities to edit and transform data, to map data to national standard code sets, and to map data between differing formats.
- Clinical Data repository – A comprehensive database that houses all patient demographic and clinical information, all entity and individual user identity information, and maintains all individual data transactions received by The Network in their original format with their original content.
Data Exchange Formats
Data can be exchanged with The Network in one of three formats:
- HL7 Version 2.x.
- HL7 Version 3.x (Continuity of Care Document – CCD)
- C-CDA (Consolidated-Clinical Document of Architecture)
The Network aims to collect and make available for reviewing and distribution the following data types:
- Advanced directives
- Diagnostic results & reports including
- Family history
- Patient demographics
- Patient identifiers (MRN, Group ID)
- Payer and insurance
- Problem list
- Provider information
- Radiology reports
- Social history
- Source of the information
- Transcribed documents
- Vital signs
Actual data available is dependent upon the information provided by each Participant. C-CDA documents have some variation in content based upon the document type.