HIE Participant FAQs

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently announced a new partnership with KONZA in support of their mission to improve the health of New Jersey through both interoperability and transformative data analytics. A MSNJ physician-led advisory committee is now working with KONZA to establish OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE), allowing connected physicians to share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety.

What is Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

HIE is the electronic exchange of clinical information among health care organizations. This exchange of patient clinical data allows physicians, nurses, and other health care providers to securely and efficiently access patients’ health records.

Why is health information exchange important?

HIE allows health care providers to quickly access their patients’ data across disparate health care systems, reducing treatment delays and enhancing clinical decision making. Additionally, HIE improves patient care coordination and transitions of care by allowing health care professionals to access their patients’ most recent test results, procedures, diagnosis, medications, allergies and more.

What patient data comes into an HIE?

Patient data received by the HIE may include: a list of facilities where the patient was seen, admit and discharge dates, lab results, procedures and diagnoses, current and past medications, allergies, chief complaint, visit notes, operation notes and the patients’ primary care providers.

Will OneHealth New Jersey connect with other HIEs?

OneHealth New Jersey connects with other HIEs in New Jersey and across the nation. OneHealth New Jersey also connects with public health agencies, federal agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration, national lab companies and prescription monitoring programs.

How will OneHealth New Jersey help our state connect for better care?

Physicians and other clinicians can securely share critical patient information at the point of care, supporting improved care quality and better patient health outcomes. Patients can easily view their medical information from participating providers on one secure patient portal. Physicians and other clinicians can more easily meet quality reporting obligations under the emerging performance- and value-based payment systems being adopted by federal and commercial health plans.

How do we know OneHealth New Jersey will work?

The proven HIE technology is already successfully operating in Kansas and similar efforts are under way in Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, and South Carolina. This is a “turnkey” HIE for New Jersey.

Who is in charge of OneHealth New Jersey?

OneHealth New Jersey began its initial startup in late 2017 with a physician advisory committee appointed by the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ). The advisory committee developed foundational policies and procedures to support the HIE infrastructure. The diverse advisory committee includes health care providers, health care facilities, government, consumers, payers, and other stakeholders. OneHealth New Jersey controls access to and use of all exchange data, all subject to applicable New Jersey law and federal law, including HIPAA.

Who will participate in OneHealth New Jersey?

Patients receive care from many types of clinicians, so OneHealth New Jersey encourages physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other health professionals to participate. Patients receive care in many locations, so OneHealth New Jersey encourages physician offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health facilities, federally-qualified health centers (FQHC), and other sites to participate in the exchange.

Will patients have to participate in OneHealth New Jersey? Will they have to pay?

Patients can choose to opt out of including their personal health information in OneHealth New Jersey. There is no charge for patients to participate in OneHealth New Jersey.

For patients who authenticate their OneHealth New Jersey information through the patient portal, there is a nominal one-time charge from the OneHealth New Jersey help desk. There is no charge for patients who authenticate at a participating provider’s office or facility.

How can I exchange health information in OneHealth New Jersey?

To receive more information regarding the exchange of health information in New Jersey please contact OneHealth New Jersey at 844.424.4369.