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West Virginia Health Information Network Launches Statewide Health Information Exchange with Truven Health Analytics

Ann Arbor, MI, Aug. 22, 2012 — West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) and Truven Health AnalyticsSM, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, today announced the launch of a statewide health information exchange (HIE) system. WVHIN is a public/private partnership charged with building a secure electronic health information system for the exchange of patient data among physicians, hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, other care providers, and stakeholders.

Working with early adopters across Medicaid, Public Health, and provider networks, Wheeling Hospitals and West Virginia University Healthcare (WVUH) were selected to be the pilot sites. The WVHIN launches with the ability to access clinical information on over 2.1 million patients including lab results (37 million distinct results), diagnosis history (96 million diagnoses), allergies (2.4 million), and patient visit history (88 million distinct patient visits over last 6 years).

The WVHIN exchange utilizes the Truven Health HIE Advantage™ solution to provide clinicians with a longitudinal patient history at the point of care by capturing real-time clinical and administrative data from electronic medical records, healthcare claims, West Virginia Medicaid Services, and the WV State Immunization Registry.  The exchange also links to the West Virginia e-Directive Registry, making it the first HIE to integrate end of life care choices made by patients, giving providers access to living wills, durable medical power of attorney, and other end of life care-related documents.  The WVHIN implements advanced industry standards such as the NwHIN DIRECT, and NwHIN CONNECT (IHE PIX, XDS, XCA/XCPD, and ATNA) to implement a tailored exchange for healthcare stakeholders across West Virginia.

”Implementing our HIE at Wheeling Hospitals and WVU Healthcare allows us to quickly achieve unparalleled interoperability throughout our state’s facilities, ” said Phil Weikle, Chief Operating Officer at WVHIN. “This brings us closer to care coordination, improved care, reduced cost, and improved communication across the care continuum."

By implementing the HIE, WVHIN meets a significant milestone in its strategic and operational plan. Through the use of NwHIN DIRECT secure messaging, the HIE allows providers and other healthcare stakeholders in the state to share timely information for treatment purposes. Capitalizing on this strong launch with valuable data and connectivity, WVHIN is now focused on expanding to additional providers, and expects to greatly improve the overall health and cost of healthcare for West Virginians over time.

"We are very pleased to be a partner with WVHIN, Wheeling Hospitals and WVU Healthcare in deploying our HIE as a pivotal step to foster improved medical decision-making for patients in West Virginia, ” said C. Douglas Shaw, executive vice president and general manager for Truven Health Analytics’ hospital business. “The promise of affordable, less fragmented, and improved care is becoming a reality in West Virginia.”

For more information about the WVHIN, visit www.wvhin.org.  For more information about Truven Health HIE Advantage, visit truvenhealth.com

The West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) is a public/private partnership created in 2006 through West Virginia Code Chapter 16 Article 29G that is charged with building a secure electronic health information system for the exchange of patient data among physicians, hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, other care providers, and other stakeholders. The WVHIN provides the health care community with a trusted, integrated and seamless electronic structure enabling medical data exchange necessary for high-quality, patient-centered care. For more information, go to wvhin.org

About CareEvolution
CareEvolution is a leading provider of secure interoperability solutions. Its core offering, HIEBus™, is a proven, comprehensive suite of SOA technology solutions for healthcare interoperability. Standards-based core network services and certified web-based applications enable healthcare providers, regional exchange initiatives, and health plans to implement patient-centric quality and efficiency initiatives across the care continuum. A suite of optional applications leverage the comprehensive longitudinal patient health information in HIEBus™ to drive clinical integration, care coordination, real time dashboards, medication reconciliation, disease surveillance, advanced analytics, and multi-center observational data research. For more information, go to http://careevolution.com/

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics an IBM Company, delivers the answers that clients need to help them improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need to help them make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler®, ActionOI® and JWA. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit http://truvenhealth.com.


Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations