All state or territorial health departments should have a strong relationship with their HIT Coordinator (or whatever position currently oversees state-wide HIE development), given the importance of Meaningful Use public health reporting and the many possible future benefits of HIE to state and local programs.
Implementing health information exchange (HIE) typically involves time, money and/or modifications to existing information systems. Local health departments should strongly consider investigating HIE involvement if they meet any of the characteristics described in the following checklist.
HIE Importance Checklist: Do We Need HIE Today?
Local health departments that might benefit from HIE may be surrounded by other departments with similar needs. Consideration should be given to whether the issue is most efficiently approached individually, or as a regional or state-wide process.
DOWNLOAD: TOOL 1 - HIE Importance Checklist
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- Introduction to Public Health and HIE
- What is Public Health?
- What is Health Information Exchange?
- HIE 101
Deciding to Engage
Engaging with HIE
- Approaching HIE Engagement
- Matching Goals and Capabilities
- Assessing Risks
- The Business Case for Public Health and HIE
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