InformationWeek, August 5, 2011

Health information exchanges have yet to become the darlings of most hospitals and medical practices, but despite their frosty reception, two recent studies suggest you can launch and maintain a viable HIE. These health data sharing organizations will undoubtedly play an important role as the HITECH Act's Meaningful Use programs continue to take shape. So it's time to take a closer look at lessons learned from such success stories. A new report released this week by the National eHealth Collaborative, a public-private cooperative funded by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, outlined some of the "secrets" uncovered by 12 successful HIEs. Many HIEs can learn from these lessons--especially considering that there are at least 255 HIEs in the U.S. right now, a 9% increase from 234 HIEs last year, and up significantly from only a few dozen in 2004, according to the eHealth Initiative, another coalition that studies HIEs and which recently completed its own annual report.
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