Health Information Exchanges

Health Information Exchanges Wednesday, June 5, 2013

In today’s health care system, patients often interact with multiple providers, posing a challenge for care coordination across settings. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, State and local health care systems are given incentives to implement health information exchanges (HIEs), which connect different health care providers and organizations through the exchange of electronic health information. HIEs can facilitate care coordination among providers, reduce redundancies, and enhance patient-centered care.

The featured Innovations describe two HIE systems that have been implemented effectively. One program—the nation’s first operational statewide HIE—has a 97-percent participation rate among providers, allowing them to share millions of clinical results and reports annually. The other program provides pharmacists, regulatory boards, and law enforcement agencies in different states access to information about controlled substance prescriptions to help identify cases of misuse.

The featured QualityTools include a toolkit to help health care leaders establish and maintain an HIE, a Web site that offers three HIE toolkits for use in various settings, and an HIE toolkit with resources for rural providers.

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