“The sustainability question is going to be key for a lot of these new HIEs coming into the market,” Yeaman says. “You’d hate to invest that time, energy, effort, and money into that interface and then watch that network dissolve.”
Consider the time involved in establishing or joining an HIE, says Deb Bass, president and CEO of Bass & Associates, a business and technical consulting company in Omaha, NE, and executive director of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), the state-wide hybrid model HIE in Nebraska.
“It can be a long and twisted journey, and the longer you wait to step into it the more behind the curve you feel and the more there is for you to learn,” she says. “HIEs are moving so quickly and it can be very overwhelming at times.”
This article appears in the September 2011 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.