February 9, 2017
Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange, announced today that the organization’s board of directors had selected Forcare to provide the RGV HIE interoperability platform. RGV HIE and its stakeholders look to improve clinical, financial, and operational quality throughout the region.
The RGV HIE is a non-profit organization established in 2011 with the purpose of facilitating access to, and retrieval of, health information to provide safer, more timely, efficient, and effective patient-centered care. “We feel very positive moving forward with this next stage of our evolution in partnership with Forcare,” said Andrew Lombardo, executive director of RGV HIE.
“We believe that by streamlining collaborative care workflows in the region, we can make a tremendous difference for our stakeholders and the communities we serve. And we believe Forcare is the company to help us do that.”
The selection of Forcare enables the RGV HIE to bring a county-level infrastructure solution that connects information between participating health care organizations and providers in extreme South Texas by integrating disparate systems and enabling the exchange and use of critical patient information for making care related decisions at the point of care.
Intelligent interoperability to drive streamlined workflows
RGV HIE is far different than most HIEs. To them, success is not just about connectivity; it’s about enabling the most efficient and effective workflows for the providers and patients in the Rio Grande Valley. “As the data stewards, we are looking to address the clinical, regulatory, operational and financial goals of our health care community,” says RGV HIE board chairman Sheila Magoon, MD, executive director of the South Texas Physician Alliance.
“Our interoperability solution enables various components of the health care delivery system to utilize bidirectional interfaces to complement, enhance, and redesign workflows within providers’ EMR, hospitals and other healthcare entities to create a leaner more intelligent and efficient communication system. In addition to providing access to a patient’s longitudinal health record, the goals of the solution are to improve care coordination, transitional care, patient engagement, assist providers in meeting MACRA requirements and enable medical research for our community.”
RGV HIE conducted a national search before selecting Forcare, a global interoperability company with clients in the US, Canada, and Western Europe. “We were looking for a company as committed to improving outcomes as we are,” commented Genaro Garza, RGV HIE Director of Technology.
“Forcare understands that it’s all about the workflow, and their XDS-based platform and advanced interoperability tools give us the flexibility and security to be able to handle a wide range of use cases.”
Forcare executives are equally optimistic about the relationship. “We talk about helping our clients connect with purpose,” said Harm-Jan Wessels, Forcare co-founder and CEO. “We believe deeply in what RGV HIE has set out to do and are honored to be their partner in this journey.”
About RGV HIE
The Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGV HIE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the secure exchange of patient health information to improve communication and patient care in South Texas. We work with physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations to ensure that critical health information is communicated in a consistent and secure manner.