More Than Data Querying: 3 Ways You Can Maximize Data from the Largest Health Information Network

More Than Data Querying: 3 Ways You Can Maximize Data from the Largest Health Information Network

Health Information Network

Sometimes getting the right health information is the most important thing you can do for your organization. And addressing the gaps that exists within your data is the best place to start. With a network of more than 120 million patients, this is where the value of eHealth Exchange comes in. Seeing this as a valuable use case, we worked to get Ninja Universe an eHealth Exchange Validated Product to help organizations that want to start exchanging data within the network the ability to do so easier, faster, and at a reduced rate.

But nothing can be more overwhelming than a dump of data. Providers and teams don’t need just information, but insights, intelligence. And with interoperability and analytic solutions applied to data augmented from the eHealth Exchange network, this is where the full value of Ninja Universe comes in.

Data Gathering – Effectively Filling the Gaps

There is an estimated 1.145 trillion MB of health data being created every day. As health care consumers seek out services across settings, providers are, in turn, not just wrestling with gathering health data from one system but numerous ones. And yet, data exchange today still looks much like it did with paper charts.

The good news is that the industry is starting to address the next mile of interoperability by using data agnostic technology solutions like KPI Ninja’s that equip heath care organizations with the most complete, up-to-date health information on a patient from many different sources.

eHealth Exchange is the nation’s largest query-based health information network that spreads its reach across all 50 states and includes connections to other networks like CareQuality, CommonWell, Epic Care Everywhere and more. The most recognized use case is when there is a gap in the medical record and a provider can query the network to locate the missing record, as is the case when a patient seeks care in a different state. The acquisition of this information helps provide a more comprehensive picture of the patient’s health, thereby supporting better diagnosing and treatment. Yet, this is far from the only use case of more comprehensive health information with a few other established use cases listed below.

Optimizing the Largest Health Information Network

More complete health data allows providers and teams to have a more complete picture of the patient, reducing uncertainty. To support this, KPI Ninja continually acquires, aggregates, and normalizes health data from many systems. After processing, Ninja Universe takes it to the next level by presenting the data in the longitudinal patient health record, as well as uses the discrete elements to calculate quality measures, create quality reports, and run other advanced analytics.  Here are three ways we help you maximize the benefit of the network, beyond just on-demand querying of the network.

1. Efficiently gain a more complete understanding

Health data is arguably one of the most important elements you have when caring for a patient. From diagnosing a condition to refining medication treatments, having access to the right health information is a critical input to high quality services. But that’s the thing about health data – the more you get, the more you must hunt.

Rather than digging and getting lost in a maze of portals, charts, and faxes, KPI Ninja gives you the ability to specify what data you want and how you want it presented, like:

  • Review a patient’s longitudinal health record from our Patient Comprehend solution that can aggregate data from your systems, the community, and the eHealth Exchange network
  • Receive a “Super” CCD that is built on aggregated data from the network and conforms to industry standards so that you can directly upload it into your EMR
  • Download a normalized diabetes a1c report that helps your care managers better understand how well chronic conditions are being controlled

Leave the laborious process of digging through different data sources behind. Ninja Universe can help you have it all, and all in one place.

2. Use more robust measurement and reporting

The highest performing organizations are those that use data to guide strategy and operations. Leaders and teams need to understand the goals, how they are performing and the role they play in helping to achieve success.

The best way to do this is by identifying, measuring, and monitoring the right measures. To avoid coming to the wrong conclusions, it’s important that measures are built from data that represents reality. KPI Ninja helps you make this happen. You can have more accurate measurement when you use NCQA-certified HEDIS and eCQM technology and have better data completeness as the data is pulled in from numerous sources, with the eHealth Exchange network being just one of them.

Beyond end-to-end quality measurement, KPI Ninja also aims to further support organizations in value-based contracts by supporting those that connect with the network. In 2021, eHealth Exchange participants that share health information bi-directionally via the eHealth Exchange HUB can attest “yes” to the “HIE Bi-directional” interoperability measure to score 40 of the 60 points required to earn meaningful use reimbursement, with hospitals able to earn an additional 10 points based for Electronic Case Reporting notifications.

3. Gain more insights about your patient population

The success of using an eHealth Exchange Validated Product is measured by the successes of providers and teams who go on to make better decisions, improve service delivery, and positively influence the health of communities. KPI Ninja takes health data from any source and transforms it into analytic outputs to equip leaders and clinicians to improve the health care enterprise.

With more comprehensive information from the eHealth Exchange network, teams can now gain deeper insights into performance and opportunities. Right from within Ninja Universe, teams can monitor patients that are high utilizers of emergency services. No more wondering if a patient was recently seen or not. Teams can risk stratify their patient populations. No more contemplating what patients need complex care management services. With analytics built on more comprehensive data, it lowers the chance of misrepresentation and shortsighted decision making.  

Whether you are a large Health Information Exchange or a small provider practice, there’s a clear advantage to having more comprehensive health information. But it’s not just about having the data, it’s also about aggregating, transforming, and maximizing the utility of the data to deliver insights that enable better health outcomes.

At KPI Ninja, we are always looking for innovative solutions – ones that will help take you to the next level. Being an eHealth Exchange Validated Product helps us serve you better with not just reduced testing fees and an easier onboarding process, but real data deliverables that clinicians can use daily to inform decision making and care processes. Powerful. Let’s do it together.


Renee Towne

About the Author
Renee Towne
Director of Quality Programs at KPI Ninja, Inc.
Renee provides operational leadership of quality initiatives at KPI Ninja. Towne has a background in occupational therapy, education and experience in operational excellence across a variety of healthcare domains. Based on prior experience as a clinician that drove outcomes patient by patient, she is leaving a larger footprint by improving health care more comprehensively, population by population.

About KPI Ninja
KPI Ninja is a data analytics company that helps healthcare organizations accelerate their quality, safety, and financial goals with a unique combination of software and service. We are differentiated by our signature mix of technology, performance management consulting and healthcare expertise. We don’t merely offer software solutions but work shoulder to shoulder with clients to help them draw on the power of analytics and continuous improvement methodologies to become more efficient. In harmony with our data-centered ethos, we truly believe that our success is strongly co-related with yours.


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