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The Southwest Idaho Area Health Education Center (SW ID AHEC) is part of a nation-wide system of programs created to improve the distribution, diversity, and supply of the primary healthcare workforce, with a special emphasis on meeting the needs of rural and underserved areas. The SW ID AHEC provides healthcare workforce development support in Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington Counties, where projects focus on:  

  • ·         Health careers pipeline activities
  • ·         Community Based Experiential Learning
  • ·         Continuing Education

SW ID AHEC is a program of Jannus, Inc., a multi-service non-profit organization located in Boise and is affiliated with University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI AHEC Program.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U77HP03022, for the WWAMI Area Health Education (WWAMI AHEC) Program Office and its five regional Centers in the total amount of $639,012 for the 2018-19 fiscal year (with a 1:1 total match of $639,012 from non-federally funded governmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) the health information exchange for the State of Idaho. IHDE is an independent, nonprofit corporation that is not a part of state government or of any health system.

IHDE builds interface connections into the Electronic Records Management (EMR) systems of hospitals, clinics, hospice and other providers and then aggregates all the patient data into one source.

IHDE is connected to over 250 clinics in Idaho, including St. Luke’s, Saint Alphonsus, Kootenai Health and several of the critical access hospitals in the state. IHDE is also connected to labs, home health and hospice providers.

Here is what IHDE does:

1. Offers an EMR interface to connect local, state and regional disparate health systems, hospitals and hospital-owned clinics to share real-time data and images with local, state and regional healthcare communities in order to improve coordination of healthcare, improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs system-wide.

2. Creates a secure electronic data and image exchange (ADT, labs, radiology, transcriptions and images) between other hospitals, physicians, labs and imaging centers. Provides hospitalists, ER physicians and staff with single point of access to community-wide labs, radiology, transcriptions, clinic data and images.

3. Improves clerical efficiencies for medical records and imaging departments with outside requests from searching for, copying, faxing and sending patient medical records and copying films/burning CDs.

4. Reduces duplicate tests and procedures, medication errors and re-admissions, Improving clinical workflow, coordination of care, patient outcomes, and reduction in costs for patients and system-wide.

5. Helps with Meaningful Use - Participation with the IHDE enables eligibility for MACRA payment reform and MU incentives.

6. Provides a single point of access for transition of care - assists physicians and staff with effective means of obtaining real-time, useful patient data and images from the IHDE central repository, 24x7. Image repository with session-sharing functionality for clinical consultations. Example: instant access to community-wide images for stroke and trauma patients.

7. Automatic Results Delivery (ARD) - patient’s real-time labs, radiology and transcriptions routed from the IHDE directly into the physician practice EMR, 24x7. Electronic, automatic, secure and accessible from any secure domain via pc, laptop, tablet and smartphone. No calling or waiting for results.

8. ADT and Results Notifications from ID, OR, WA and WY - physicians and staff may subscribe to receive real-time ADT and results notifications regarding their patients’ hospitalizations, ER visit, transfers and/or results.

9. Secure, real-time patient data exchange via the IHDE secure messaging system is available at their fingertips 24x7, physicians can more effectively communicate and collaborate on their patients care from any secure domain via pc, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

10. Automatic Lab Results Delivery - lab results routed directly from the IHDE into patient’s records, real-time, and available by all IHDE users, 24x7.

IHDE provides: 

1. Electronic, Secure Access to Patient Data and Images - Single point of access for hospitals, physicians, nurses and other medical staff to electronically and securely access and share real-time patient data and images, 24x7 - improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care. Patient data and images follow the patient whenever and wherever care is needed.

2. Reduction in Duplicate Tests, Medications/Errors, Imaging, ER Visits and Hospital Readmissions - Access to real-time patient data and images can help improve care, improve patient safety with a reduction in costly duplicate testing, medications/errors, duplicate imaging, ER visits and hospital readmissions.

3. ADT and Results Notifications from ID, OR, WA and WY - A patient’s care team including hospitals, physicians, nurses, other medical staff, and case managers may subscribe to receive real-time ADT and Results Notifications regarding patients’ hospitalizations, ER visits, transfers and/or results.

For more information on IHDE contact Jim Borchers, Director of Business Development at

Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Education Program is a partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Started in 1971, WWAMI is currently in its 47th year of successfully educating Idaho’s physicians. The WWAMI program is nationally accredited through its partnership with the UW School of Medicine, allowing 40 Idaho medical students to complete their first and second year of medical training here in the Palouse. Idaho's medical students have the opportunity to complete their Clinical Phase and Explore & Focus Phase of medical education in Idaho, Seattle or across the 5-state WWAMI region. Read more…

WWAMI is a medical school program, not a premedical program. Students who enter the program are dual enrolled at the University of Idaho and the University of Washington School of Medicine and complete their Foundations Phase (18 months) of medical school. This includes seven blocks and three threads taught by Clinical Skills Instructors and Foundations Guides, both on campus and in the community. The curriculum at each WWAMI site has been standardized and is compatible with the University of Washington School of Medicine curriculum which integrates the basic and clinical sciences and includes rural health care at an early time in medical education.

The WWAMI Medical Education Program has five primary goals for the State of Idaho:

  • ·         Provide publicly supported medical education
  • ·         Increase the number of primary care physicians 
  • ·         Provide community-based medical education
  • ·         Expand graduate medical education (residency training) and continuing medical education
  • ·         Provide all of this in a cost-effective manner

The Idaho WWAMI program has an excellent rate of return with over 50 percent of its graduates returning to Idaho and many choosing a career in primary care medicine, locating their practices in the non-metropolitan areas.

Idaho Rural Health Association * PO Box 2012 * Eagle, Idaho 83616 *

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