As Massachusetts formulates its health information exchange goals, priorities and business models, we’ve been curious about plans in other states. We’ve reviewed case studies, blogs and academic papers. However, there has not been a collected summary of the national HIE experience we could reference.
That resource is now available.
ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) released three valuable documents that I highly recommend to all HIE stakeholders:
- A summary of the current state of HIEs in the US.
- A detailed description of the models/approaches used
- Case studies of each model.
As states implement live data exchange in support of Meaningful Use stage 1, 2 and 3 over the next five years, there will be remarkable lessons learned by comparing the relative success of these models. It’s unlikely that one size will fit all, but successes and failures will lead us to a parsimony of models that sustainably connect every provider, patient and payer in the country.