The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) and DVHA require annual updates to Connectivity Criteria to impact the quality of data and patient matching occurring in data connections (interfaces) between electronic health record (EHR) systems and the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE). DVHA contracts with VITL to maintain and establish interfaces.
The Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) exists to aggregate clinical data to support providers at the point of care and those measuring the population’s health and the cost of health care. The mechanism for obtaining the clinical data for aggregation is an interface (technical connection) between an electronic health record system and the VHIE.
Since 2009, the State has funded VITL to develop these interfaces and the VHIE to aggregate the clinical data documented in medical records because exchange of clinical data is essential to improving health care quality, making care more efficient, reducing administrative burden, engaging patients in their care, and supporting the health and well-being of the Vermont community.
In addition to funding an increase in interfaces, the State also works with VITL to continually improve data quality and patient matching ability of interfaces. Data connection standards are documented in “Connectivity Criteria” which includes the minimum qualifications a health care organization’s EHR system must meet before an interface is established. The usefulness of the data aggregated and exchanged through the VHIE increases as more practices meet the Connectivity Criteria standards. The Connectivity Criteria is updated annually.
Last updated: 10/15/2020