Magazine Article | March 26, 2015

Finding A Successful HIE Formula

Source: Health IT Outcomes

By Scott Westcott, Contributing Editor

HIE remains an elusive concept for many healthcare providers, but the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative believes it has a strategy for HIE success.

Technological advancements make it possible to store massive amounts of health data and information electronically these days. However, securely sharing this data with providers and patients throughout a health network or geographic region remains a significant challenge.

This is the challenge HIE is supposed to address. HIE (as both a noun and a verb) has the potential to vastly improve the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care. However, successful regional HIE organizations (the noun) are few and far between, and many in the healthcare industry question their long-term sustainability. Effective application of technologies that enable private HIE (the verb) holds more promise, but these efforts tend to limit the sharing of health data outside a specific health system.