General Information and Resources

Pennsylvania is a national leader in improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare. The Department of Human Services' eHealth Partnership program works to advance electronic health information exchange (eHIE), to improve patient safety and make the health care system more efficient. eHIE provides health care professionals a safe, secure, and reliable way to access the clinical data they need to provide the most effective patient-centered care. eHIE gives health care professionals a more complete picture of a patient’s medical history and gives them more informed options in delivering care. This page contains general information about eHIE, the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N), and other health IT resources.

Fact Sheets

The eHealth Partnership has created the following Fact Sheets to provide a high-level overview of our work and priorities. These fact sheets will be revised, and new ones added, as needed, and as the Authority-to-DHS transition under Act 76 of 2016 is completed. 

NEW! Consumer Flyer Outlines P3N, How eHIE Works to Improve Care

A new consumer resource is available for patients and providers. Health Information Exchange in PA: How It Works to Improve Your Care is a new one-page flyer, targeted to consumers, that combines visuals and text to explain how health information exchange “closes the loop” from patient to provider to HIO, through the P3N to another HIO and its connected provider, to retrieve the patient’s critical clinical information that can improve care and prevent medical errors. It is a useful tool for consumers, lawmakers, health care organizations, and anyone interested in better understanding health information exchange in Pennsylvania. The flyer has been included in the Authority’s Provider Toolkit

2015 HIO Survey Results Available

The Authority is pleased to release the results of our fifth annual survey of Pennsylvania organizations who are enabling eHIE. The 2015 HIO Survey, conducted last November and December, contains information from seven HIOs—five returning from the previous year, and two new organizations. The survey refreshes and adds to information gathered in similar surveys conducted since 2011. The survey findings include data on P3N participation, technology adoption, eHIE functionality, exchange methods, standards adoption, provider participation, and geographic coverage. 

Provider Toolkit

This new Provider Toolkit supports health care providers as they increase their participation in electronic health information exchange (eHIE). The toolkit is designed to help providers better understand eHIE and to provide them with the information to aid them in identifying opportunities to connect to other providers, via an Authority-certified health information organization (HIO). The Provider Toolkit includes a variety of Fact Sheets (eHIE basics, Authority overview, Public Health Gateway, Super-Protected Data); consumer resources related to the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N), including at general brochure and P3N Opt-Out/Opt-Back-In form (both available in English and Spanish); Everything You Always Wanted to Know About eHIE overview; and links to key Authority and P3N resources, including the new Choose Your HIO web page and onboarding/certification information for HIOs. The toolkit is a "one-stop shop" compilation of resources for providers, and will be updated as new resources are added. The Provider Toolkit is formatted as a PDF "portfolio" document, which allows the user to view, download, and print the individual toolkit components. It is best viewed in Internet Explorer or Acrobat Reader. 

2015 Annual Report

Act 121 of 2012 requires the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority to submit an annual report to the Governor, Senate President Pro Tempore, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Authority's 2015 Annual Report was submitted on December 9. It provides an overview of the Authority's activities and finances, and includes links to key health IT resources.

eHIE "Soup to Nuts" Document Available

The Authority has published Everything You Always Wanted to Know About eHIE, a comprehensive "soup to nuts" introduction to the whole eHIE process in Pennsylvania--for patients, providers, and stakeholders. 

Find Board of Directors and Board Meeting Information Online

Information about the Authority Board of Directors--including bios, photos, and links to meeting materials--is available online at www.paehealth.org/board-of-directors.  

2014 HIO Survey

The Authority has completed its fourth annual survey of Pennsylvania organizations who are enabling eHIE. The 2014 HIO Survey shows that all seven of the responding HIOs intend to connect to the P3N by the end of 2015. The survey, conducted in late 2014, also reveals increased adoption of several key eHIE functions over the previous survey, and most plan to further expand functionality in 2016.

2014 Annual Report

Act 121 of 2012 requires the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority to submit an annual report to the Governor, Senate President Pro Tempore, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Authority's 2014 Annual Report was submitted on December 22. It provides an overview of the Authority's activities and finances, and includes links to key health IT resources.

2014–2017 Strategic and Operational Plan

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority 2014–2017 Strategic and Operational Plan for Electronic Health Information Exchange (eHIE) was unanimously approved by the Authority Board on September 5, 2014, and updated on July 10, 2015. The plan serves as a detailed road map for the Authority over the next three years, as work under Act 121 of 2012 continues to advance eHIE in Pennsylvania.

2014 Plenary Meeting a Success

More than 175 leaders from the fields of health information technology, healthcare, and health care policy convened in Harrisburg on October 21-22 for the Authority's 2014 Plenary Meeting. In addition, the Authority Board of Directors conducted its October meeting, and the Authority's registered stakeholders elected an Ex-Officio Non-Voting Board member to serve from 2014-2017.
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2013 Plenary Meeting Summary

Update on PA eHealth Partnership Authority's Plenary Meeting Oct. 22 & 23

2013 HIO Survey

The Authority conducted its third annual survey of Health Information Organizations in Pennsylvania.

Publications

Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014

"Ensuring Privacy and Security of Health Information Exchange in Pennsylvania," 2014 white paper published in conjunction with PAeHI

"Ensuring Privacy and Security ..." poster

White paper -- "The Difference between HIX and HIE: More than an Alphabetical Discrepancy"

HIE vs. HIX FAQ

HIE is good for Pennsylvanians: a fact sheet

2013 Annual Report (Submitted to the legislature December 2013)

Annual report

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Legislation

Act 121 of 2012

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