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Children's IQ Network

The Children’s IQ Network® is a health information exchange specifically designed for pediatrics. The Children’s IQ Network links essential health information, such as physician visits, medications, allergies, problems, laboratory results and immunization histories for children throughout the region.

CIQN is facilitating connection to Carequality/Commonwell. Find out more and sign up!

CIQN Practice Managers Conference

Our Practice Managers Conference, part of Children's National Health Network's Future of Pediatrics 2018, focused on population health and patient engagement strategies. Presentations included: 

Direct Messaging

Direct messaging, or “direct,” is electronic point-to-point communication and sharing of patient documents between certified providers, across EHR vendors. Health care providers and organizations are certified to participate in direct messaging by DirectTrust, a nonprofit alliance of health care providers and health care information technology organizations that supports a secure inter-operable health information exchange. Over 100,000 health care providers, including physicians, hospitals and labs, use direct to advance integration of care.

Benefits of Direct Over Traditional Types of Messaging

  • Improved patient outcomes because of increased continuity of care and a single care record being maintained
  • Increased security and privacy of patient information 
  • Enhanced productivity due to ease of sharing information and the speed of the process
  • Helps providers meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 Incentive Requirement 
  • Provides additional analytics: Documents shared through direct messaging are machine searchable (unlike scanned or faxed documents)
  • Simplifies process for patients
  • Uses zero paper

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Participation in the Children’s IQ Network

Participation is available on a voluntary basis to physicians who care for children in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Children’s National Health System, with our community pediatric practitioners, has partnered with eClinicalWorks as the ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) vendor for CIQN. Community pediatric providers who join the Children’s IQ Network agree to share essential health care data within the larger region and participate in quality initiatives. Participating providers, in turn, receive a significant subsidization to the costs of a state-of-the-art, highly-rated EHR to improve health care delivery. In addition to subsidizing part of the cost of electronic health records, CIQN also works with the practice and vendor during and after implementation, works closely with the vendor for product enhancements and offers additional support to the practice.

For more information on how to participate or join CIQN, contact Caroline Brozak, Program Lead, Population Health-CIQN at cbrozak@childrensnational.org

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