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Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program!

Idaho Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program


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The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program was put in place to provide incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) as they adopt, implement, and upgrade (AIU) a certified EHR technology system or for demonstrating meaningful use (MU) of such a system.  These payments are part of an effort to accelerate the adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and utilization of qualified EHRs.

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Launch of Orion Health HIE Clinical Portal

Idaho Health Data Exchange Launches Orion Health HIE Clinical Portal

Enhanced clinical data and functionality with one log-on access to patient data and images across systems

Boise, Idaho, December 8, 2015 – The Idaho Health Data Exchange announced today the launch of the new Clinical Portal by Orion Health.

The Clinical Portal provides a single unified view of patient data across and between healthcare organizations via an easy-to-use web-based portal that is accessible anywhere, anytime. Ease of use and configurability enable improved clerical and clinical workflow for clinicians in Idaho and the region to quickly and easily connect, coordinate and collaborate on their patients’ care.

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IHDE Contributes to Reduction in Prescription Drug Fraud & Abuse

In a story reported by KTVB 10:00 pm news on February 8, 2015, the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) was recognized as a contributing factor in the reduction of prescription drug fraud and abuse. By accessing clinical data in our system, IHDE-participating providers have a broader view of their patients’ history and prescribed medications which is helping curtail “doctor shoppers” and prescription drug abuse.

Idaho Health Data Exchange Launches Image Exchange with Saint Alphonsus Health System

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Idaho Health Data Exchange Launches Image Exchange with Saint Alphonsus Health System

Idaho clinicians can access SAHS diagnostic-quality images, instantly through the IHDE

Boise, Idaho, November 4, 2014 – The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) and Saint Alphonsus Health System (SAHS) announced today the launch of Image Exchange viewing capability by eHealth Technologies.

Image Exchange allows IHDE-authorized physicians, hospitals and clinicians to instantly access, view and collaborate on their patients’ SAHS diagnostic-quality images from the IHDE through a secure, universal web application. Powered by eHealth Technologies, images including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, PET scans and ultrasounds that traditionally take hours or days to procure, are now available within seconds from the IHDE via Image Exchange. All images are available where and when they are needed, saving health care dollars from being wasted on unnecessary duplicated imaging procedures and time spent waiting to receive film copies, large file transfers or cd’s.

“The IHDE is excited to be able to offer participants this new functionality,” said Scott Carrell, Executive Director, Idaho Health Data Exchange. “It further develops IHDE’s ability to assist health care providers by providing them with easy access to images for the treatment of their patients.”

“We always strive to provide the very best in information security, accessibility, and convenience for our clinicians and patients,” said Rick Turner, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Saint Alphonsus Health System. “The Image Exchange is a positive step in achieving the best in patient care and universal access, and we are proud to be able to work with eHealthTechnologies and the Idaho Health Data Exchange in making the new technology a reality.”

“We are excited to be providing IHDE with the convenience of single click access to any diagnostic-quality image, right from the context of the patients’ record,” said Ken Rosenfeld, Chief Executive Officer and President, eHealthTechnologies. “IHDE and Saint Alphonsus Health System have joined a cadre of HIEs and hospitals, from coast to coast, who are realizing that sharing diagnostic-quality medical images is not only an effective way to provide better care and decrease cost, but is also very easy and quick to deploy.”

Idaho physicians using the IHDE Image Exchange feature can get easier and quicker access to images versus the traditional way of logging onto multiple sites, or calling and faxing in requests to hospitals’ imaging and medical records departments and independent imaging centers – and then waiting for cd’s to be burned and sent via mail, courier or with the patient.  As soon as an image has been signed off by a radiologist, it is available and accessible via the IHDE Image Exchange within seconds.

IHDE-Orion Health Go-Live Postponement

Tuesday, September 16, 2014     Project Update

IHDE – Orion Health “Go-Live” date has been postponed

The original September 30th planned “go-live” date on to the new IHDE-Orion Health HIE platform has been postponed. This decision is a result of several factors which confirm that this transition is very complex. This postponement, however, will result in a smoother transition and improved product performance for all customers. In the meantime, be assured that the IHDE Virtual Health Record (VHR) is fully functional and will continue in operation until further word from us.

A revised implementation timeline and specific date for the go-live date will be forthcoming. As we move closer to completion, we will announce training dates and locations for enrollment.

Should you have questions or concerns about this change, feel free to contact me at 208-332-7253 or at

Thank you for your continued support for this essential service enhancement.

Scott Carrell

Executive Director

Idaho Health Data Exchange

450 West State Street, P.O. Box 6978

Boise, ID  83707

IHDE Transitions to New Solution

The IHDE has selected Orion Health to replace our existing HIE solution. The planning, migration and implementation of Orion Health is targeted for completion in 2014.

With Orion Health, the IHDE will have a much more flexible and scalable core solution, offering greater value at no additional fees to existing IHDE participants.

Some immediate core benefits:

  • The existing Virtual Health Record (VHR) will be replaced by Orion’s clinical portal…a more expansive offering
  • Customized clinical portal view for individual users, mapping to the medical staff’s unique workflows
  • Notifications (ADT Alerts – ER/Hospital Admissions, new report received, etc.)
  • Secure Messaging between IHDE participants
  • Greater browser compatibility (IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and mobile device enabled
  • Immunization Registry Gateway

Available Options:

  • Reports / Analytics
  • Patient Portal
  • Dashboard Metrics
  • “Direct” Secure Messaging
  • Public Health Reporting
  • As always, we will continue to offer our HIE solution in a consistently private and secure environment.

As we move forward with the Orion Health implementation, the IHDE integration and marketing staff will be scheduling communication, planning and training sessions with each IHDE participant.

Please refer to our website for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding this exciting change. As always, please contact us with any questions you and/or your teams may have.

Thank you for being a valuable participant with the IHDE. Your partnership and feedback has helped guide us through this decision-making process and has allowed us to offer you greater benefits and higher value.


Scott Carrell
Executive Director
Idaho Health Data Exchange