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Idaho Health Data Exchange to Provide Healthcare Providers with Temporary Free Access to Clinical Portal

March 17, 2020 (Boise, ID) – The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) announced today its strategic action plan to address concerns surrounding the current novel COVID-19 health pandemic. A major element to this plan is to provide temporary emergency access that will be free of charge to all healthcare providers who do not currently have access to the portal, and are caring for the citizens of Idaho both within the state, as well as in communities in neighboring states.

“We feel this is important due to the susceptibility of individuals with comorbid conditions, as well as having IRIS information (e.g. influenza, pneumonia) available as part of a complete medical record to help support care for citizens who are at risk from coronavirus,” said Dr. Craig Jones, Chief Medical Officer, IHDE. “We are currently assessing our connections to labs around the State which also may add some valuable information on completed tests.”

IHDE has promoted the exchange of health information across regional practices and facilities for the past 10 years. Its intent is to improve the workflow and efficiencies of health care providers and subsequently enhance the care and overall health of the public. Recently, IHDE committed to expanding its impact by engaging in broader opportunities with health-focused entities that have vested interest in improving the health and safety of Idahoans. Its stated goal is to better address the social, behavioral, and medical needs of the population.

If healthcare providers and organizations would like to have access to the IHDE Clinical Portal, they can add up to four staff initially. To make the process as simple as possible, please email and include a prioritized list of providers and support staff names and contact information.

About Idaho Health Data Exchange:

The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) company.
IHDE was created in 2008 as a result of the efforts of the Health Quality Planning Commission. The Commission was charged with promoting improved quality of care and health outcomes through investment in health information technology.

IHDE is a Health Information Exchange (HIE) that enables doctors, nurses, labs, and other medical providers to securely access their patient’s electronic health information quickly, 24/7/365, to improve the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care. For more information, visit:

Prudence Vincent

IHDE Office of the Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE), a Boise based health information solutions organization is pleased to announce the creation and staffing of the Office of the Executive Director. The Board has engaged Capitol Health Associates LLC (CHA), a consulting firm specializing in the areas of value-based care, health information technology, and corporate management services to lead operations at IHDE.   As the Idaho healthcare landscape continues to evolve, driving care delivery transformation and advancing to increased value-based models, continuous improvement of healthcare technology and population health tools is of growing importance.

Our selection of CHA is based on their national reputation in developing cutting edge, first of their kind health information technology systems for chronic care and population health management that are currently in use today by enterprise-scale health institutions.   Previous experience includes projects working with Vermont Healthcare Reform and helping to develop and execute several successful initiatives in the state.  In addition, CHA has completed projects or is actively providing services for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Veterans Administration, Department of Defense Health Affairs, Tri-Care Management Activity, Accenture and Deloitte Consulting, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, health information exchange networks in a number of states, and several large private healthcare entities.

Principals of the company working directly with IHDE will be Hans Kastensmith serving as Executive Director and Dr. Craig Jones who will assist in executing several new lines of business aimed at supporting emerging value-based care initiatives in Idaho.  We view these efforts as strongly aligning with the IHDE vision to solidify a state-of-the art infrastructure and to meet the needs of key IHDE stakeholders and citizens of Idaho.

Mr. Kastensmith, a 5-time CEO, is a seasoned healthcare executive with 29 years of experience in healthcare. Mr. Kastensmith has founded, managed, established financing for and advised a number of healthcare technology, diagnostic and population health management companies. In addition, Mr. Kastensmith has successfully helped to shape healthcare policy with the United States Congress as a subject matter expert representing clients on several critical healthcare issues.

Dr. Jones has focused his career on efforts that take a comprehensive approach to improving healthcare, and the health and wellbeing of citizens.  Dr. Jones assists states and federal partners on the design, development, and implementation of value-based health models, such as use of data and health information to support the goals of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative. 

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) was established in 2008 to govern the development and implementation of a Health Information Exchange in Idaho. IHDE is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representation from the public as well as private healthcare payers.  

IHDE Stakeholder Survey June 2019

Thank you to all who participated in the recent Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) Stakeholder Survey. IHDE is grateful for the time you took to provide feedback and appreciates your continued commitment to improve patient care.

For the full report, please click on the presentation below.

Everyone who completed the survey was eligible to receive one (1) of three (3) Amazon gift cards. Winners were selected through a random name selector. IHDE has contacted the winners to disperse our prizes.

Thank you again you again for your participation!


The Board of Directors of the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE), a Boise based health information exchange (HIE) organization have announced today the successful completion of connecting health care providers to coordinate patient care in support of the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP.) Using IHDE’s information technology, IHDE has completed a total of 166 electronic medical records connections to clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to support SHIP. These connections support an information exchange repository that promotes the confidential exchange of vital health information for 237 health care organizations.

The Board of Directors would also like to announce the appointment of an interim Executive Director, Paul Brannan. Paul is a highly experienced executive leader, having recently served as a Project Manager for Brilgent, a Solutions Manager for Molina, and the Health Information Technology Manager for the Alabama Medicaid Agency.

As a 501(c) (6) nonprofit corporation, Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) was established in 2008 to govern the development and implementation of a Health Information Exchange in Idaho. IHDE is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representation from the public and private healthcare payers.

IHDE will continue to advance our vision to be the trusted partner for health information exchange across our region in the coming years, focusing initially on continuing to connect healthcare providers throughout the state.

Madison Memorial Hospital Joins the Idaho Health Data Exchange

Madison Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Southeast Idaho to join the IHDE

October 27, 2017

The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) is excited to announce Madison Memorial Hospital (MMH), Rexburg, Idaho, has signed an agreement to join IHDE, the state-designated health information exchange serving Idaho, Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon and Southwest Wyoming since 2008.

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HIE Connection made between Idaho and Utah!

Idaho and Utah HIE’s Connect to Exchange Data!

SOURCE: Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC)

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ADT notifications are being sent between the two states
Care can now be coordinated no matter where treatment occurs
Six-state Patient Center Data Home hub expanding across the West

BOISE, Idaho and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – July 24, 2017 – The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) and UHIN, the state-designated health information exchange (HIE) in Utah, have connected to exchange admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications for patients who live in one of the states but have a medical encounter in the other state. These initial queries from HIE to HIE are based on the patient’s home zip code, and allow primary care physicians to better coordinate care no matter where the care occurs.

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