What is an HIE?

          Literally, an HIE (Health Information Exchange) is the electronic movement of healthcare information among entities within a physically-defined location.  This could be internally in a hospital, regionally, in a community or nationally.  When HIEs are referenced in articles or discussions, people are talking about HIE organizations who manage these electronic exchanges between disparate clinical applications systems amongst healthcare entities.  The goal is a seamless continuity of care for the patient and real-time access to PHI (protected health information) for clinicians, which translates into quality patient care.

          HIEs function either independently or from government grants.  Grants are funded by the ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology), as legislated by HITECH. 

          Federal and state regulations are currently being defined and the pressing issue on the HIE horizon is their sustainability. 

          Source:  Wikipedia

 

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About Julie

My credentials include a Master's Certificate in Health Informatics, a CHPSE certification (Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert), and certification in HL7 (Health Level 7). The multidisciplinary approach to equipping myself to enter the healthcare IT sector is consistent with my professional background in sales, management, healthcare, and recruiting. I also have a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, which as been invaluable in my professional life for exceling in sales, change management, and laying down an excellent foundation from which I was able to build effective communication skills with professionals of all levels.

Posted on March 17, 2011, in Definitions and Concepts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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