State’s health information exchange announces rebrand and renewed commitment to providing value and long-term sustainability

New strategy gives healthcare providers safe, secure access to more comprehensive electronic
health records and robust, operational services

Anchorage, Alaska, June 21, 2018 — The Alaska e-health Network, the non-profit tasked with
establishing and maintaining Alaska’s secure statewide health information exchange, announced today a
new brand identity, along with new initiatives, strategic technology partnerships, and a renewed
commitment to linking all Alaska healthcare providers to a robust, responsive, and secure statewide
network for sharing electronic health information.

“We are essentially doing a re-start of the organization,” said Laura Young, executive director of the renamed
healtheConnect Alaska. “We felt a rebrand would be important to signify that we are new and
improved. We are sending a message that this is a new effort. Our staff is all new, we are restructuring
how the board works, and we are changing and expanding the technology.”

With an eye on long-term sustainability and growth, healtheConnect Alaska will build its offerings and
client base incrementally by prioritizing low-risk, high-value services. The network will add tools for
patient encounters, PDMP and medication fill data, radiology images, continuity of care (CCD)
documents, event notifications, and light analytics regardless of where a patient has received care
previously. healtheConnect Alaska will also link behavioral health providers to the network, including
the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, for improved care coordination and better patient outcomes.
Core HIE services such as Master Patient Index, user identity management, interfaces linking all hospitals
and provider electronic medical record workflows and patient contact, and patient engagement apps
will all be part of the exchange. Single sign-on will make it faster and easier for providers to access all
the information available through the exchange.

The network will also transition from a clinical data repository model (stored data in a central location)
to become a federated gateway, providing access to data in national networks, including eHealth
Exchange, Carequality, and CommonWell, without downloading or storing that data.
Partnering with a wide range to technology providers will allow healtheConnect greater flexibility than
working with just one vendor. They will be using NextGate for patient identify management,
Nextgen/Mirth’s interface engine, Ambra for radiology image exchange, TigerConnect for secure texting
services, DrFirst for medication fill history and access to PDMP data, Inpriva as their direct secure
messaging solution provider, and Audacious Inquiry for a range of modifiable, open-source, and cloud
technology tools.

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