Spotlight on State Health Information Exchanges

State Health Information ExchangesHighlighting Different State Health Information Exchanges

The HITECH Act authorizes the establishment of the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program to advance appropriate and secure health information exchange (HIE) across the health care system. The purpose of the program is to continuously improve and expand HIE services to reach all health care providers in an effort to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. Cooperative agreement recipients will evolve and advance the necessary governance, policies, technical services, business operations, and financing mechanisms for HIE over a four-year performance period. The program also builds from existing efforts to advance regional and state level HIE while moving toward nationwide interoperability. We have been highlighting State HIE programs on our this summer. Each week we are adding to the list of State Health Information Exchanges. Here are some of the organizations you will find so far.

  • The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) has 100% of Delaware’s acute care hospitals participating, 100% of Delaware’s long term care and skilled nursing facilities participating, and approaching 100% of medical providers who have enrolled and are participating. Connect with them on @DHIN_HIE, LinkedIn, Facebook.
  • The Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange or better know as SHARE, is the statewide health information exchange. The Arkansas legislature approved establishing OHIT and its ability to create SHARE in March 2011. Phase 1 of SHARE with secure messaging was rolled out in March of 2012. Connect with them on Twitter @AR_OHIT and Facebook.
  • The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization is a non profit, public-private partnership designated by the State of Colorado, servicing all Coloradans through its secure health information exchange. By 2015 CORHIO’s goals are to have HIE deployed in every community, 85% of all primary care providers and safety-net providers are meaningful users of EHRs, and 85% of all providers statewide are meaningful users of EHRs. Connect with them on Twitter @CORHIO.
  • The Massachusetts Health Information Highway is better known as Mass HIway. When fully developed the Mass HIway will provide a mechanism for the entire state’s health care community to have appropriate access to health information. Connect with them on Twitter @MassEHealth.
  • The Vermont Health Information Exchange, is the exclusive statewide HIE for Vermont. Founded in 2005, VITL, has helped digitize almost all of the state’s hospitals and increasingly more of its physicians, while providing information exchange (powered by Aetna’s Medicity), quality reporting and analytics. Connect with them @VITLVT, and Facebook.

For more State Health Information Exchanges we have spotlighted like Kentucy, Florida, and Georgia,  see all our posts and check back each week for more.