Healthcare Information Exchanges: The Glue Holding Together Value-based Healthcare

Healthcare Information Exchanges: The Glue Holding Together Value-based Healthcare

Note: This is an excerpt from an article originally published on HealthData Answers.

Health Information Exchanges have evolved in many ways. Some are government-led, some operate as public utilities with governmental oversight, and some are private sector-led with government collaboration.

Whatever their business model, these HIEs allow doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare providers and patients to access and securely exchange vital medical information electronically. They facilitate care coordination by providing a complete view of the patient, enabling real-time intervention at the point of care, determining risk and providing actionable data.

HIEs integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into broad IT interoperability networks. They yield better care for patients because they provide physicians with access to all relevant information they need. Working together, they are improving nationwide interoperability by, for example, alerting and sharing records among HIEs when patients require treatment outside their local community.

HIEs are surviving and successfully serving the healthcare community with:
-Master Patient Indexes that correctly match patients with their clinical data
-Record Locator Services that retrieve copies of the patients’ records stored in decentralized provider systems
-Transport and Content Standards that enable communications among different health data systems
-Messaging Services with processes and software to exchange various types of data
-User and System Interfaces which access physician portals on the HIE and data embedded directly into a physician’s EHR
-Consent Management Mechanisms through which patient consent is obtained regarding the sharing of their personal health information

HIEs are delivering continuous value to their communities. They have demonstrated enhancement of administrative efficiencies and cost containment. Healthcare providers rely on them to:
-Improve safety of patient care
-Provide clinical decision support tools for more effective care and treatment
-Eliminate redundant or unnecessary testing
Improve public health reporting and monitoring
-Allow community-based providers to coordinate care with other caregivers

Learn more about  how robust and optimal HIEs are critical to individual and community health, and healthcare delivery organizations are taking advantage of the capabilities offered today in the marketplace by reading the full article on HealthData Answers. Contact us below for any questions on how to connect to the HIE and take advantage of capabilities. 

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