Data Integration Projects

Developing Real-World Evidence (RWE) for Population Health with Austin’s HIE Connxus

Austin’s HIE has a 20+ year history of collecting, aggregating and using health data from across the community (e.g. clinics, hospitals, EMS) to create longitudinal health records for individual patients and improve care coordination and treatment. The RIDE team works with Connxus to explore, design and pilot new HIE-based health technologies to advance population health research, make data sharing more secure and efficient, and ultimately improve individual case coordination and patient health outcomes.



FHIRedSHIP takes the provider portal developed in SHIP and utilizes APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and FHIR data standards (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) to facilitate direct patient involvement in SDoH referrals via a mobile app. Patients can review and respond to referrals in the app; for example, they can send application forms directly to a social service agency or directly message clinic staff to ask about program eligibility. Related Publications FHIRedApp manuscripts and publications are currently in progress – in the meantime read this article about FHIRedApp – a previous study and app development project that lays the groundwork for FHIRedSHIP’s use of FHIR resources and APIs. This project was funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) as part of their Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP).