- The Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE) has surpassed a key milestone in the number of hospitals having now signed up for the Event Notification Service (ENS), according to the Agency for Health Care Administration.
The service enables hospitals to transmit secure notification to health plans which in turn can transmit important information about their beneficiaries to primary care providers and care teams. Since its start in 2013, the ENS network now comprises four health plans and over 200 hospitals.
"The Event Notification Service is a huge step toward opening up the lines of communication and streamlining the transition of care between hospitals, other treatment facilities and health plans," Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said in a public statement. The agency is responsible for administering the state's Medicaid program.
"The introduction of this service benefits the patient by coordinating care, minimizing visits to the emergency room and shifting the focus to proactive and preventative care," Dudek continued. It's great to see a high level of participation in this service and we look forward to more partners joining by the end of the year."
According to the announcement, health plans pay subscription fees to access the ENS network, which include two Direct messaging accounts for the purpose of send secure notifications to participants.