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RGV HIE Launches 1st Annual Healthcare Hackathon

Participants To Drive Innovative Solutions For the Industry’s Most Challenging Issues.

Welasco, TX., (10/15/2019) – Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGV HIE) will host a Healthcare Hackathon bringing together change agents and out of the box problem solvers to create new ideas and products addressing issues in the healthcare sector. This year’s event, sponsored by South Texas Physician Alliance, Health Samurai, Elimu Informatics, and South Texas Health System, will be held November 8-10 at the UTRGV Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization in Welasco, TX.

The event challenges participants to use RGV HIE’s FHIR enabled platform to develop mobile healthcare applications, patient engagement solutions, and population health analytics. The goal of these solutions is to integrate with electronic health record systems, using these applications to meet different workflow needs and provide clinical decision support.

In addition to hands-on experiences, attendees will be joined by speakers covering topics including EMS/Disaster Planning, Public Health, Population Health, Medication Adherence, and Patient Access and Engagement.

RGV HIE is calling for participants from any industry or background with a desire to create boundary-pushing ideas and meaningful solutions to submit their registration for the event on their website. For more information about the Hackathon, including agenda, speaker information, and registration, please visit


The Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGV HIE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the secure exchange of patient health information to improve communication and patient care in South Texas. The RGV HIE brings a regional-level infrastructure solution that connects information between participating health care organizations and providers by integrating disparate systems and enabling the exchange and use of critical patient information for making care-related decisions at the point of care. We work with physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations to ensure that critical health information is communicated in a consistent and secure manner.

What is an EMPI and Why Is It Important?

Hospitals and healthcare systems that aren’t running an efficient EMPI (Enterprise Master Patient Index) platform are more likely to have their EHR system filled with duplicate patient records and inaccurate information about their patients. These discrepancies may cause potential risks to the patient and compromise the quality of care and treatment. Accurate patient identification is critical to providing the best patient care, however, patient matching implications can happen during the patient registration process. Patients do not always give correct demographic information, and patient identifiers, such as demographic data, Social Security numbers and patients’ addresses can be mistyped easily, this may cause discrepancies and duplicate records in the system.

An efficient EMPI platform is only the start of patient identification improvement. Our EMPI system uses a cloud-based matching platform that links and matches patients across disparate databases or organizations with the highest accuracy rates in the industry. It uses referential matching to get an exact match when looking up patients in the EMPI system. The use of the EMPI helps the health information exchange to better match and link patient records across its participating providers.

The RGVHIE Partners With TRAC to Provide HIE to Local 911 EMS Responders

The Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGVHIE) is pleased to announce that it will be collaborating with the Trauma Regional Advisory Council (TRAC) to provide the technology and services required to support health information exchange (HIE) for local 911 EMS responders. With this new system, EMS providers will have access to the critical patient information they need to initiate effective treatments, and improve the overall quality of emergency care.

Prior to this partnership, TRAC had identified a need to improve the communication between EMS provider and hospital emergency departments. EMS responders did not have the capability to access, send, and receive the information they needed for time-sensitive treatments. The RGVHIE will create the technical infrastructure for EMS providers to get immediate access to patient medical records in order to make the best possible treatment decisions while transporting patients to the emergency room.

With a specialized lineup of services, the RGVHIE will help fill the information gap by providing solutions at the point of care. The interoperability service integrates with a wide range of EMS software and serves as a conduit for health information exchange. EMS responders can easily access patient information using the secure Provider Portal. RGVHIE will also offer training and support for this new solution to ensure that EMS staff can utilize the system to access timely patient information at the point of care.

The RGVHIE firmly believes that access to information leads to better care, more efficient transitions of care, and improved outcomes and experiences. We will continue working with EMS providers to ensure that their health information exchange systems support the goal of delivering better emergency services for all patients in the community.