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California HIE adds 1.5 million patients to network

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
California HIE adds 1.5 million patients to network

Three major medical groups are joining a health information exchange (HIE) in California, boosting the number of Californians whose medical records are part of the network to more than 12.5 million.
Manifest MedEx (MX) on Tuesday announced that Heritage California, Hill Physicians, and Stanford Health Care are joining the network, adding an estimated 1.5 million patients to the more than 11 million already covered by the HIE.
Heritage Provider Network covers 700,000 patients with a network of 2,800 primary care physicians, 6,600 specialist physicians, and more than 100 hospitals in Southern California. Hill Physicians, based in Northern California, has nearly 4,000 primary care physicians, specialists, sub-specialists, and consultants in its medical group.
Though less than two years old, the non-profit MX now counts more than 200 health organizations among its members.
“The scale of participation we’ve seen in just 18 months shows that we are on our way to collectively improving the healthcare system and providing a better experience for everyone.,” Claudia Williams, CEO of Manifest MedEx, said in a statement. “We’re delivering information that helps hospitals, medical groups, and ACOs do the hard work of improving care coordination, reducing inefficiencies, addressing gaps in care, and enhancing the patient experience.”
MX also said it has achieved key growth milestones in the first half of this year, including:

  • Launching MX Notify, a tool that updates clinicians and other care providers in real time when their patients are seen in the emergency department or are discharged from a hospital.
  • Teamed with Inland Empire Health Plan as it pledged $6 million in incentives to regional hospitals that use the MX network this year as part of their 2018 “pay for performance” program.
  • Collaborated with Blue Shield of California as it committed funds to help the health plan’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) partners participate in MX.

Blue Shield of California announced in March that it will require network providers, including those participating in the non-profit health plan’s ACO program, to participate in Manifest MedEx's HIE.