What is Health Information Exchange (HIE)?
Health Information Exchange is a term that can describe both a process and a provider.
As a process, health information exchange refers to the secure access and transmission of protected health information (PHI) by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health care providers, and patients. The primary purpose of the health information exchange process is to improve medical care. Electronically exchanging PHI allows for data to be standardized and seamlessly integrated into the electronic health record systems (EHR), overall improving patient care through greater accessibility.
Health Information Exchange Providers
Used to identify a type of service provider, a “health information exchange” refers to a health information organization (HIO) or network (HIN) that facilitates the exchange of healthcare information across organizations. Health information exchange grants from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have enabled the emergence of formal organizations to provide form and function for health information exchange efforts. The ONC has a range of activities to support existing initiatives and advance goals of nationwide health information exchange processes to increase interoperability, increase trust among all participants, mobilize trusted exchange to support patient healthcare, and decrease the cost and complexity of exchange.
Both private and public health information exchange providers exist. A private health information exchange is concentrated in a single community and its surrounding area. They typically raise capital from the hospitals/health systems and payers/insurers for the benefit of the physicians, providers, and patients in the community. A public health information exchange is typically chartered to cover a state or large region and get their funding from government resources. They are important in driving the adoption of nationwide health information network (NHIN) standards and bringing data exchange to rural communities.
Health information exchanges operate as part of the Meaningful Use incentive program, formally known as the EHR incentive program. Learn more about Meaningful Use.
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