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Health Information Exchange (HIE)

The demand for electronic health information exchange from one health care professional to another is growing along with nationwide efforts to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care delivery. Meaningful use requirements, new payment approaches that stress care coordination, and federal financial incentives are all driving the interest and demand for health information exchange.

Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10 Year Vision to Achieve An Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability.

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What is HIE?

Health Information Exchange allows health care professionals and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically. There are many health care delivery scenarios driving the technology behind the different forms of health information exchange available today.

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HIE Benefits

Sharing updated, electronic patient information with other providers enables you to:

  • Access and confidentially share patients’ vital medical history, no matter where your patients are receiving care—specialists’ offices, labs or emergency rooms
  • Provide safer, more effective care tailored to your patients’ unique medical needs

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Getting Started with HIE

The needs and requirements for health information exchange differ from practice to practice, and the solutions available differ from state to state. While several options may be available, there are specific questions physicians should be asking to determine what solution is best for them.

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Interoperability Courses

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This five part series of web-based training help explain the process of meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use data exchange requirements.

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