Pennsylvania Patient and Provider Network (P3N), the statewide federated health information exchange (HIE), has been modernized to a cloud-based solution to improve health care delivery across the state, the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Monday.
The transition ensured providers can deliver whole-person care to patients.
P3N connects independent health information organizations (HIOs) to share information with health care providers with the goal of improving care for patients. The P3N-certified HIO allows connected health care providers to find patient medical records on the P3N network and by notified when patients receive medical services from other Pennsylvania health care providers, including visits to an emergency room. While P3N does not store health records, providers can use it to find current health information.
“As technology and innovation advance, we must continue to leverage this progress to improve our work and deliver services across the health care system,” DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead said. “The P3N’s new platform gives us the opportunity to continue strengthening connections and information across health care providers with the goal of improving the patient experience whenever possible and helping Pennsylvanians to live healthy, fulfilling lives.”
Using technology to transform into a more efficient health information exchange, the new P3N platform has improved document query and retrieval, enhanced patient matching, and enabled single sign-on for an improved user experience that is also more secure. The coming months are expected see the platform enhanced to a greater degree to support new services, including improved reporting, enhanced portal experience, and integration of the Public Health Gateway.
“P3N’s new platform provides the foundation for additional services that will integrate care coordination and advance health data exchange in Pennsylvania,” Martin Ciccocioppo, director of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program said. “Pennsylvanians will greatly benefit from increased system capabilities, making health records securely available to providers and patients in streamlining public health reporting, which will ultimately improve patient health.”
The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program has worked with P3N participants, regional HIOs, and Cognosante since February 2022 on the modernization project. Cognosante is the technology company contracted for the project. Securely connecting P3N participants and regional HIOs to the new technology platform was the focus of the collaborative effort, along with transitioning P3N services and capabilities with minimal disruption to users.
For more information on the statewide HIE, visit eHealthPartnership.