– Adequate and seamless health information exchange is an evergreen problem in healthcare, the adverse consequences of which are well-documented.
Poor data access can lead to patient safety issues, delays in care access, and tack on additional roadblocks to already cumbersome provider workflows.
But according to The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) —and nearly everyone else in healthcare—electronic health information exchange (HIE) allows providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically—improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.
HIEs are looking at different ways to boost interoperability between more health organizations. To achieve these goals, health IT developers are broadening the digital footprint at state, regional, and national levels.
Developing a Statewide HIE
It took Connecticut numerous tries to establish its HIE, Robert H. Aseltine, PhD, chair of the advisory