HIE Resources to Help Providers Connect

HIE ResourcesHIE Resources for Stage 2 Interoperability

In Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs providers will be required to exchange EHR data with health care organizations as well as exchange patient health information when care is transitioned from one provider to another. These are requirements for meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Providers will need to find solutions to securely exchange health information and understand the options of their local exchanges. Stage 2 begins in 2014 for those early adopters of EHRs, which means they will be reporting 90 days of transition of care measures. Here are HIE resources to help providers understand how to connect and exchange health information.

Regional Health eDecisions: A Guide to Connecting Health Information Exchange in Primary Care – This document was prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS, and prepared by the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Norman Physician Hospital Organization, Norman, Oklahoma. This document will help primary care practices connect to regional health information exchanges. It lays out a blueprint  to help a practice connect its EHR to a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), offers tips to engage staff buy-in, addresses technical issues, and helps to make sure that data acquired from information exchange can be accessed by clinicians as part of their regular workflows. After you download the guide, make sure you plan to take part in AHRQ’s August 6 webinar. Register for this event. 

HIEAnswers.net Provider Resources – This HIE resources page lists ONC’s points to focus on when researching and selecting and HIE. You will also find more resource links for Providers and about Health Information Organizations (HIOs).

HealthIT.gov Health Information Exchange – The ONC’s official HIE resources page explains what is an HIE, benefits of an HIE, and how to get started.

A Practical Guide to Understanding Health Information Exchange, Assessing Your Readiness and Selecting Health Information
Exchange Options in Minnesota. – This guide was prepared by the Minnesota e-Health Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Information Technology for Providers navigating HIE.

HIMSS State HIT Dashboard – This interactive map identifies Regional Extension Centers, Beacon Communities, Health Information Exchanges, State Legislation, along with other HIT initiatives.

HIMSS HIE Toolkits

    • HIE Toolkit – For health information exchange organizations and providers
    • Ambulatory HIE Toolkit – For private practitioners, physician groups, and independent ambulatory practices or clinics
    • Enterprise HIE Toolkit – For hospitals and Integrated Delivery Systems (IDS) providers