The Massachusetts Health Information HIway (Mass HIway)

2019 Event Notification Service (ENS) Initiative Public Forum Announcement

Public Forum
October 4, 2019 2—4 p.m.
21st Floor Conference Rooms 2 & 3
McCormack Building
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108.

Note: Please allow for additional time to check in with security as the McCormack Building is a secured public building.

Written Comments
Written submissions are due before Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5pm ET
Please submit written comments to Masshiway@MassMail.State.MA.US
Subject line: ENS Certification Written Comments


The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) will hold the public forum to discuss draft certification criteria for the EOHHS Market-based ENS Initiative. EOHHS is releasing this Draft certification criteria to evaluate a vendor’s competency to participate in the statewide Event Notification Services (ENS) framework for public comment. For Draft Certification criteria click here

EOHHS seeks to develop timely statewide ENS across the Commonwealth in order to improve health care delivery, quality, and care coordination. EOHHS seeks to leverage the gains existing ENS service providers have made, to create a statewide ENS framework. The proposed ENS framework seeks to promote data sharing to increase access to ENS for providers of all sizes, to streamline the provider experience by allowing for single submission and single reception of data, and to improve timing for the flow of data.

2019 Mass HIway Attestation Forms are now available.

Provider Organizations with required dates for connecting to the Mass HIway must submit information regarding 1) whether or not they have an EHR, and 2) how their EHR, if any, connects to the Mass HIway. Review the Mass HIway Regulations Summary and FAQ for more information.

The due date to receive Attestation Forms from Provider Organizations subject to the Regulations in 2019 is July 31.
Click here to access the forms.

Background

In October 2012, Massachusetts launched the statewide electronic health information exchange, The Massachusetts Health Information Highway (The Mass HIway). The Mass HIway offers doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare organizations a way to securely and seamlessly transmit vital data electronically.

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This meaningful exchange of information can enable the Commonwealth’s care community to:

  • Positively influence care coordination and delivery
  • Avoid readmissions and medical errors
  • Reduce administrative costs and duplicative testing
  • Enhance communication among providers
  • Increase patient engagement
  • Improve public health reporting and analytics

The Mass HIway is open to all interested providers, hospitals, and other organizations within the healthcare community regardless of affiliation, location, or differences in technology.

The updated Mass HIway Regulations are available and are in effect as of October 4, 2019. Click here for a summary of the Mass HIway Regulations, and click here for frequently asked questions about the Mass HIway Regulations.

Eligible healthcare organizations, click here for steps to enroll or call 1-855-MA-HIway (1-855-624-4929 option 1) or email us at masshiway@state.ma.us for more information.