Health information exchanges (HIE) will be the next step for many healthcare organizations. Following the adoption of electronic health record systems, data exchange is necessary to support coordinated care in these facilities. Unfortunately, data exchange is often very difficult between different vendors’ records systems. That’s where health information exchange (HIE) comes into play.
The National Rural Health Resource Center has collected and provided practical HIE resources to help providers understand the process of HIE and succeed. Here are 8 crucial factors in charting a direction for health information exchange.
1.) Asses readiness.
2.) Decide on a do-it-yourself initiative.
3.) Consider links to statewide HIEs.
4.) Incorporate the Direct Project approach.
5.) Consider EHR vendor solutions.
6.) Weigh participation in private HIEs.
7.) Consider the organization’s distinctive factors.
8.) Make the final call.