Looking Beyond SHIP
With just a few months left in the SHIP grant, one would expect that the health IT activities are winding down. However, it’s just the opposite. The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) and the SHIP Data Governance Workgroup are busy working on foundational activities that will generate positive impacts well beyond the SHIP.
IHDE has been busy working on two core architecture projects that will enable IHDE to enhance its services in the future. This is in addition to continuing to wrap up the bi-directional connection building projects with SHIP clinics by the end of the grant.
The first project – an IHDE Communication Services Layer – is a system architecture layer that will serve as a “message center” for IHDE. Adding this infrastructure centralizes all connections into an environment controlled by IHDE rather than under the direct infrastructure of an IHDE vendor.
The purpose of the second project – an IHDE Data Service Layer – is to provide a mechanism for insurance companies to receive clinical data based on a membership file provided to IHDE. This Data Service Layer will also enable IHDE to meet specific data requests from other customers that it cannot provide currently.
Both architectural layers are aligned with industry best practices and will equip IHDE to meet the increasing demands of its customers.
As for the SHIP Data Governance Workgroup, its members are discussing how the workgroup will evolve and what its mission and charge will be after the grant ends. The workgroup expects to develop a new charter prior to the end of the grant at the end of January.