7th Annual South Dakota Health Link Fall Forum

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October 7, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Americinn by Wyndham
Address: 1981 East King Avenue | Chamberlain, SD 57325

7th Annual Health Link Fall Forum 

Interoperability: 2021 and Beyond

Join us for an informative session about South Dakota's Health Information Exchange (SD Health Link) and gain an understanding of the tools and services Health Link offers.


12:30 - 1:00 Registration
1:00 - 1:05

Welcome - Kevin DeWald

1:05 - 1:15

Opening Remarks - Joan Adam

1:15 - 2:00

Collaboration, Evaluation, and Data Driven Interventions - Amber Reints, CNP, PMHNP (Avera McKennan Behavioral Health)

Avera McKennan Behavioral Health recognizes the importance of quality improvement initiatives to improve the quality of services within the healthcare environment.  Avera McKennan Behavioral Health partnered with the Health Information Exchange and the State of South Dakota to develop a process to capture essential data interventions related to reduction in suicides and opioid related deaths.  This presentation will discuss how this partnership was developed and how Avera is continuing to use data to identify future interventions.

2:00 - 2:45

Community Information Exchange 101 - Janet Kittams, CEO & Betsy Schuster, Vice President of Program Development (Helpline Center)

A Community Information Exchange is a closed-loop referral system with committed health care and social service providers delivering person-centered care, and sharing data using an interactive cloud-based platform that contains longitudinal records of each individual's progress towards well-being.

2:45 - 3:30

Product Overview: Several Opportunities for Efficiency - Heather Wolken, Lead Business Consultant (Health Catalyst) 

Chances are, if you're familiar with Health Link, you're familiar with Point of Care and Notify.  This session will give an overview of a few other products Health Link supports.  Our newest addition, Health Insights, is a population health analysis tool that lets users aggregate data to provide meaningful insight into cohorts in their communities.  Orders and Results allows facilities to transfer clinical orders and results in a single, secure, and electronic platform - saving time and preventing mistakes.  Referrals also encourages efficient information sharing and transparency by allowing providers to stay connected throughout the referral process.  Attend this session to learn more about what these 3 tools offer and how they can help your organization as well as strive to provide the best possible care.

3:30 - 4:00

Utilization of Simulated Health Information Exchange Access in Pharmacy Education - Alex Middendorf, Pharm.D., MBA (South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions)

Health information technology and informatics are a common feature in training programs for many health professional educational programs, including incorporation into accreditation requirements.  These programs also frequently use simulated patient cases in both lecture and lab-based courses to facilitate students applying content from coursework to scenarios they will encounter in their clinical practice.  These simulated cases may be distributed and utilized in a variety of forms, from printed paper cases to simulated patient electronic health records.  South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions discussed use of a sandbox version of South Dakota Health Link (SDHL) to simulate patient electronic health records starting in 2019 and has been using it for a number of lab-based activities in the Doctor of Pharmacy program to replace printed paper cases and better simulate how patient information is gathered in actual clinical practice.  This presentation will detail the process by which this relationship was facilitated, current activities where SDHL is utilized, and plans for the future.

4:00 Adjourn