Health Information Exchange (HIE)

The development of secure health information exchange between healthcare providers is a nationwide initiative and has been touted as a high priority in order to improve the continuity and quality of care for patients. Providers are required to achieve secure HIE in order to achieve "meaningful use," and qualify for health IT incentives set up by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. On September 28, 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT completed its selection of 62 Regional Extension Centers across the United States -- a major component in HIE development.

 

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A health IT consultant described the "Tower of Babel"-eqsue barrier she encounters coordinating disparate EHR systems to a panel at the Health Innovation Day conference. William Check, CTO at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association responded: "What you just described could have been the cable industries. It's amazing the parallel here."
February 7, 2014
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Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author and New Yorker staffer, likened the change required for healthcare to clear the interoperability hurdle to several events of this generation, "three lessons in culture, framing and consequence," as he put it during a talk Thursday at Health Care Innovation Day in Washington.
February 7, 2014
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Karen DeSalvo, MD, newly appointed national coordinator for health information technology, gave some insight Thursday on how ONC plans to proceed under her leadership. Interoperability will be top priority.
February 7, 2014
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Health networks and physician practices have the most to gain from an interoperable ecosystem and, it follows, the most to lose if it doesn't go right. But one could argue that American patients and taxpayers stand to gain or lose just as much.
February 6, 2014
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The ONC's Health IT Policy Committee's Privacy and Security Tiger Team is calling for public comment on privacy and policy concerns surrounding patients giving access to their health information.
February 4, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator had a place at the table for the 15th annual IHE North American Connectathon, filled by Doug Fridsma, MD, chief science officer and director of the ONC's Office of Science and Technology and four members of his team.
January 31, 2014
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More healthcare organizations are moving forward with health information exchange initiatives, with one national exchange network reporting record participation numbers today.
January 30, 2014
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Seven New York City health systems have been awarded $7 million in efforts to spur data sharing initiatives and more effective patient recruitment for clinical trials.
January 29, 2014
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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.K. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt signed an agreement Jan. 23 meant to strengthen the sharing of healthcare data and technology between the two countries.
January 24, 2014
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Maine may become the first state in the country to offer residents access to their personal health records via a health information exchange. The Maine HealthInfoNet plan is part of a federally-funded innovation project experimenting with a range of medical home, analytics and engagement strategies.
January 24, 2014
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The Illinois Health Information Exchange has connected five community health centers to the statewide exchange. The providers are paving the way as active users of health information technology to improve care coordination for patients in underserved communities, Raul Recarey, ILHIE executive director said in making the announcement.
January 23, 2014
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To say that John Glaser has had a front-row seat in the health IT arena over the past 10 years -- and the 10 years before that -- would be wrong. He's been in the trenches, sleeves rolled up. Glaser contemplates not only the past, but also what to expect going forward.
January 20, 2014
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On Feb. 3, IBM announced that it will acquire leading healthcare Master Data Management vendor Initiate for an undisclosed sum. The healthcare IT sector is white hot right now, so it is likely IBM paid a pretty penny for Initiate.
February 4, 2010
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As a physician, I’m trained to rely on proven methods and seek evidence that new approaches to care will lead to better outcomes. The new Beacon Community Program, announced today and funded at the level of $235 million through the HITECH Act, is designed with that approach in mind.
December 3, 2009
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The day started with comments from David Blumenthal. He briefly described the Nationwide Healthcare Information Network (NHIN) as an evolving vital element of our national health information strategy. He emphasized that we need to expand the scope of our NHIN thinking to include consumer health information platforms in addition to the provider and government organizations that have been the focus to date.
October 16, 2009
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Chilmark has not been a big fan of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) concept. It was, and in large part still is, a top heavy federal government effort to create a nationwide infrastructure to facilitate the exchange of clinical information. A high, lofty and admirable goal, but one that is far too in front of where the market is today.
October 2, 2009
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In my role as vice-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, I join many of the subcommittee calls debating the standards and implementation guidance needed to support meaningful use. Over the past few months, I've learned a great deal from the Privacy and Security Working group.
September 15, 2009
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At the July 21 meeting of the HIT Standards, we approved an initial set of standards for quality, clinical operations and security/privacy. Here's an update on the deliberations of the workgroups.
July 31, 2009
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Several blog readers have asked me to take a fresh look at all the organizations related to ARRA and explain how it all works. Here's my understanding...
June 9, 2009
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The HIT Policy Committee and its Meaningful Use Working Group will be defining meaningful use very soon. Although I have no inside knowledge of what meaningful use will be, I think it will likely include several elements of health information exchange.
June 1, 2009
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes numerous deadlines and milestones for technology. I thought it would be useful to provide a timeline for the work ahead.
March 16, 2009
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The healthcare delivery system is complex in many ways that cannot be simplified. One aspect of healthcare delivery that can be simplified, however, is patient identification.
February 26, 2009
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Today’s economic crisis has highlighted our need for breakthrough improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. The nation’s business competitiveness is threatened by growing health care costs, while at the same time our citizens risk losing access to care because of unemployment and the decreasing affordability of coverage.
February 11, 2009
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Today’s economic crisis has highlighted our need for breakthrough improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. The nation’s business competitiveness is threatened by growing health care costs, while at the same time our citizens risk losing access to care because of unemployment and the decreasing affordability of coverage.
February 11, 2009
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