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Top 5 roadblocks HIEs face

Government Health IT, November 15, 2011

Just as young businesses of most any sort must circumvent myriad challenges to succeed, health providers are encountering multiple roadblocks in the implementation of HIEs. At the core of those: financial sustainability. The root of many, perhaps, money is neither the only problem, nor the most trying. "The most important obstacles facing HIEs depend on the perspective of who is looking at them – the patients, the providers, etc. So as we move forward, we have to make sure to address all these stakeholders," said Benjamin Stein, MD, president and CEO of HIE Long Island Patient Information eXchange (LIPIX). "There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the problems of HIEs." Indeed, many healthcare professionals have raised doubts about HIEs living up to their potential. A survey of healthcare providers, vendors and experts found five issues that constitute the top concerns