Regenstrief licenses HIE software

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | April 22, 2013

The Regenstrief Institute, an electronic medical records and health information exchange research group, is licensing its Indiana Network for Patient Care and DOCS4DOCS clinical results delivery software to a subsidiary of the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Officials are billing the licensing agreement as the single most significant transfer of discovery out of an academic medical informatics research setting to a commercial enterprise in the history of Indiana's HIT sector and the national evolution of health information exchange.

The INPC is among the largest and longest-running health information exchanges in the United States. Since 2004, IHIE has been responsible for increasing the number of Indiana hospitals (currently 94) and physicians (currently more than 25,000 in 17 states) using the INPC and DOCS4DOCS while creating a sustainable business model, operating independent of grant funding. Created by Regenstrief Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics, the INPC handles, on an average day, more than half a million secure transactions of clinically important data -- including medical histories, laboratory test results, medication records, treatment reports -- in a standardized, electronic format.

IHIE's nonprofit charter supports in-state efforts. To fully realize the potential of the INPC and DOCS4DOCS software platforms, IHIE has formed a for-profit subsidiary company to expand the use of the technology beyond state borders.