The purpose of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority is to improve healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes in Pennsylvania by enabling the secure exchange of electronic health information (eHIE).
The Authority was created through legislation approved in July 2012. It took over the work of the PA eHealth Collaborative, which began its work by providing leadership and strategic direction for public and private, federally funded and state-funded investments in health information technology initiatives, including health information exchange capabilities and other related health information technology efforts. The Authority’s direction has considered the stakeholder community's needs and will complement commonwealth agency operations. It also will ensure ongoing interagency cooperation.
2015 Annual Report Submitted to Governor, General Assembly
In accordance with Act 121 of 2012, the Authority has submitted its 2015 Annual Report to the Governor, Senate President Pro Tempore, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. The report provides an overview of the Authority's activities and finances, and includes links to key health IT resources.
The Authority has launched a new web page, “Choose Your HIO: A Guide for Healthcare Providers,” that offers a side-by-side look at the contacts, provider types served, structure, services provided, service areas, and financial/fee structure of each of the state’s P3N-certified health information organizations (HIO). It is based on questionnaires completed by the HIOs in late 2015, and will be updated periodically. The page includes a scrollable chart of HIOs, companion downloadable Excel and PDF versions of the chart, and recommended questions that healthcare providers should consider when pursuing affiliation with an HIO. The page is available at www.paehealth.org/ChooseYourHIO.
Click HERE for Information on Choosing an HIO
Click HERE for 2015 HIO Survey Results
If a patient’s healthcare provider is connected to the Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (P3N) through a certified health information organization (HIO), that patient’s information is automatically available to other P3N-connected providers. However, a patient may opt out of the sharing of his or her information in the P3N by completing a P3N opt-out form. In addition, a patient who has previously opted out may opt back in by resubmitting the form through his or her healthcare provider or directly to the Authority.
Click HERE for Opt-Out/Opt-Back-In Form/Information
Any organization interested in onboarding to the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N) must be certified with the PA eHealth Partnership Authority. Organizations seeking Health Information Organization (HIO) certification must enable exchange between at least two unaffiliated provider and/or payer (private or public) organizations, and enable users to satisfy health information exchange-related Meaningful Use requirements, if applicable. Details about certification and P3N onboarding are at the link below.
Click HERE for P3N Certification Requirements, Agreements, and HIO Fee Schedule