The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has released The Health Information Exchange Formation Guide: The Authoritative Guide for Planning and Forming an HIE in your State, Region or Community, the definitive guide to HIE planning and formation co-authored by Mosaica Partners' Laura Kolkman, RN, MS, FHMISS, and Bob Brown.
"When properly implemented, HIEs can improve the overall efficiency of the healthcare delivery process, enhance patient outcomes and significantly lower costs. The problem is that many stakeholders do not know where to begin in terms of HIE planning," said Kolkman, founder and president of Mosaica Partners, a nationally recognized HIE consulting firm. "This guide provides readers with the tools and resources they need to establish a successful, sustainable HIE."
The guide, which is available for purchase in the HIMSS online store, is a practical approach to forming a state, regional or community-based HIE. It describes a structured approach that incorporates leading best practices into the planning, formation and operational stages of an HIE initiative. In addition to a high-level history of HIE and discussion of its importance in healthcare, the book includes a step-by-step guide to planning and formation, numerous case studies, examples, checklists and references.
"Our goal with this book was to leverage our own experiences and those of others who have been deeply involved in HIE to help those who are just starting out on this journey," said Brown, vice president of professional services, Mosaica Partners. "It helps emerging initiatives avoid many of the pitfalls that felled early HIEs and guides them in developing the framework necessary for long-term success."
For more information, visit www.himss.org/hieformationguide.
About Mosaica Partners
Based in St. Petersburg, Fla., Mosaica Partners is a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in Health Information Exchange (HIE) business planning, development and process optimization. Mosaica provides its services to states, regions, public and private companies and other organizations with interests in health information exchange and healthcare informatics. In addition, Mosaica provides Vendor Advisory Services to hardware and software firms considering entry into the HIE or health informatics arenas. For more information, visit www.mosaicapartners.com.
SOURCE: The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)