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W.Va.'s online survey preps move to health exchange

West Virginia has begun preparing for the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act that will kick in next year with an online survey for the state’s health care practitioners.

The West Virginia Health Information Network’s online tool asks medical providers to answer a readiness survey about their ability to connect to a centralized data exchange, according to a release from the organization.

Centralized data exchanges are a key but controversial aspect of the law, often called Obamacare, and some state governors have announced they will opt out of the exchange program.

The results of the survey will give WVHIN information about the providers’ organizations and how the Health Information Exchange could benefit the various kinds of care, the release said.

Currently, important patient health information is often fragmented, residing in different electronic health record systems that do not communicate with each other. West Virginia’s exchange allows patient health information to be shared seamlessly and securely across disparate EHR systems.

The survey “is the starting point for providers interested in becoming a participant in the WVHIN’s Health Information Exchange,” Amber Nary, WVHIN business development manager, said in the release. “The survey helps the WVHIN understand the providers’ connectivity goals, baseline their EHR system capability to connect to the WVHIN and to gather general information about their organization."

The new online survey was developed at no cost to the West Virginia Health Information Network through the state’s self-funded electronic government program.

Posted by David Hubler on Feb 01, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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