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HASA HIE Promotes Phil Beckett, PhD, to Chief Executive Officer
April 29, 2019 San Antonio (PRWEB) Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), the non-profit, community HIE for North, South and West Texas, recently announced that it has promoted Dr. Phil Beckett to CEO of the organization. Gijs Van Oort, PhD, recently stepped down as CEO. New Organizational Changes to Help Advance Mission of Enhancing Care Outcomes in Texas. "Our mission as an HIE is aligned with the quadruple aims of improving outcomes, decreasing costs and enhancing the experience of healthcare and providers by the appropriate sharing of data,” said Beckett. Click here to read full story.
SA groups launch pilot project linking social factors with patient records
February 1, 2018 W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal | Two San Antonio organizations have teamed to launch a first-of-its-kind project that will enable medical professionals to better understand how socioeconomic factors affect patient health. Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc., the nonprofit owner of San Antonio’s Methodist Healthcare System, is teaming with HASA — the health information exchange, or HIE, for the Alamo City and other parts of the state — on a pilot program seeking to link social determinants of health to patient clinical information. Click here to read full story.
HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes
August 29, 2017 Kate Monica, EHR Intelligence | Several health information exchanges support admit, discharge, and transfer notifications to coordinate care, reduce readmissions and cut hospital costs. Health information exchanges (HIEs) an improve clinical efficiency for proviers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care.  Click here to read full story.
As Harvey Engulfs Houston, Texas HIE Leaders Move in to Help
August 29, 2017 Mark Hagland, Healthcare Informatics | Texas HIE leaders activate capabilities to support healthcare providers in the wake of Harvey...Two organizations deeply involved in helping clinicians and patients in southeast texas this week are Greater Houston Healthconnect, the Houston-area HIE; and HASA, the San Antonio-based HIE whose coverage area incompasses San Antonio and an expanding swath of central Texas, including the Austin and Dallas areas. San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, are all welcoming residents of Houston and southeast Texas who are fleeing flood-ravaged parts of southeast Texas.  Click here to read full story.
At the HIE Sector's Conference, Dr. Rucker Emphasizes Data Access, Open APIs and Interoperability, and Value
August 28, 2017 Mark Hagland, Healthcare Informatics | National Coordinator Dr. Ronald Rucker urged SHIEC Annual Conference attendees forward on interoperability and data access. On Monday morning, Donald Rucker, MD, the spoke broadly on issues arond the interoperability and usability of data, access to data on the part of consumers and payers, and the intersection of health information exchange (HIE) with those issues, in the opening keynote address at the SHIEC Annual Conference. Dr. Rucker, who became National Coordinator in early spring of this year, has spoken frequently about the challenges and opportunities around interoperability, since joining the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).  Click here to read full story.
Texas HIE Gains CMS Approval as a MACRA Qualified Registry
DANVERS, Massachusetts  (March 27, 2017) Kate Monica, EHR Intelligence | HASA, a Texas health information exchage, has recently received approval from CMS to serve as a qualified registry capable of helping physicians and eligible healthcare providers with fulfilling reporting requirements under MACRA for Medicare payments. This approval make AHSA one of the first HIEs in the nation to earn this distinction from CMS.  Click here to read full story.
Electronic Medical Records Will Now Help Local Physicians Get Reimbursed by Medicare
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 27, 2017) Jim Forsyth, News Radio 1200 WOAI | Healthcare Access San Antonio, the groundbreaking local nonprofit which has digitized medical records from doctors offices, clinics, and hospitals across the region and as far away as Dallas and Corpus Chrisi, says it will be able to use those records to provider documentation for physicians to more easily receive reimbursement from Medicaid and Medicare, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. HASA CEO, Gijs van Oort tells News Radio 1200 WOAI the organization has received clearances from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a "qualified registry." Click here to read full story.
San Antonio health care group looks to ease burden on Texas docs
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 23, 2017) W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal | Healthcare Access San Antonio, an organization created to build and operate a health inforamtion exchange for the region, has cleared a major hurdle that will expand its scope. The nonprofic, known as HASA, has been designated as qualified registry by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Click here to read full story.
Survey: Patients access to medical records critical to high-quality healthcare
February 22, 2017 CenterWatch Online | In the era of digital health, patients have very high expectations for medical information sharing, but they may not be aware of the healthcare industry’s current limitations. That’s according to a new digital health survey released today by Transcend Insights, a population health management company. The survey found that a vast majority of patients (97%) believe it is important for any health institution, regardless of type or location, to have access to their full medical history in order to receive high-quality care. Click here to read full story. Click here to view full survey report.
Data Sharing Key to Understanding Community Health
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (January 17, 2017) Rocio Guenther, Rivard Report | More than 100 representatives from the healthcare community gathered at the Pearl Studio on Tuesday to learn how sharing healthcare data can paint a clearer picture of the community's overall health. Providers, community leaders, and software professionals explored topics such as cybersecurity in health care, provider benefits of population health iformatics, technology to meet healthcare delivery, and more at the symposium, hosted by San Antonio-based health information nonprofit HASA. Click here to read full story.
San Antonio Celebrates On Line Health Exchange, Considers Next Steps
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (January 17, 2017) WOAI | Obamacare or no Obamacare, health records, like everything else in our lives, will be going on line, and participants in the San Antonio area Health Information Exchange say it will improve care and cut costs, New Radio 1200 WOAI reports. Phil Beckett with Healthcare Access San Antonio, says having health care records available to all physicians, nurses, and clinics will reduce duplication of tests and treatments, and make it easier for the proper treatment to be ordered, all cutting the rising costs of health care.  Click here to read full story.
City-wide system stores medical records
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (December 16, 2016) KLRN Scitech Now | When seeking medical attention, proper care and treatment is imperative. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, keeping track of medical history can be difficult. But what if a data management system could keep track for you? Learn how a local hostpiatl's partnership with Health Information Organization HASA is changing the medical treatment game. Click here to watch episode.
Texas Health Resources connects with HIE for real-time patient data
DALLAS, Texas (September 12, 2016) Mike Miliard, HealthcareIT News | Texas Health Resources has gone live with a health information exchange connecting the regions of North, South and West Texas, joining 32 other healthcare organizations in the Lone Star State. The HIE, called HASA, has more than 2 million patient records and encrypted data on more than 8.5 million patient encounters.  Click here to read full story.
The Regional HIE Should be Your First Stop for Interop
(August 12, 2015) Don Lee, ZenPRM | Instead of asking overtaxed hospital/practice IT staffs to learn and support interop with many partners in between their other tasks, lets have them integrate once with the HIE and then focus on getting stuff done within their own four walls.  Click here to read full story.
South Texas' Medical "Safety Net" Gets Stronger
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (July 6, 2016) Wendy Rigby, Texas Public Radio | Your chances of getting effective medical help in the event of an emergency have just imprvoed. That's because 32 San Antonio are hospitals are now part of a modern electronic health records partnership.Click here to listen to full story.
Local Hospitals Now Sharing Medical Records
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (July 5, 2016) Emily Baucum, News4 San Antonio | A new way local hospitals are working together could save your life. More than 30 hospitals representing every major system are now sharing medical recordds. Southwest General Hospital was the final system to join, making the information exchange complete. Click here to watch full story.
HASA Cutting Healthcare Costs by Eliminating Unnecessary Duplication
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (January 28, 2016) WOAI | Here in San Antonio, Healthcare Access San Antonio has been working toward that goal.  President and CEO Gijs Van Oort says the local HIE is much further along toward that goal of complete sharing of medical records than most regions, and he points out that four of the major hospital groups are now part of HIE, as well as hundreds of physicians offices and large practices. Click here to read more.

Texas Health Resources joins health info exchange for North, South and West Texas 
ARLINGTON, Texas (January 27, 2016) | Texas Health Resources recently became the first North Texas health system to join HASA -- the health information exchange for 132 counties in North, South and West Texas regions. Click here to read more.
HASA Hires Chief Expansion Technology Officer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (September 19, 2015) | HASA, the organization responsible for implementing the health information exchange (HIE) for this region, announced today that Phil Beckett, PhD, will lead the organization’s planned expansion into North and West Texas. Beckett will serve in the newly created role of chief expansion technology officer. (Details on these expansions will be unveiled in the coming days/weeks.) Click here to read more.