Ambulatory HIE Toolkit

Our Ambulatory HIE Toolkit provides comprehensive Health Information Exchange (HIE) education for ambulatory and physician office practice professionals, including physicians, physician executives, practice administrators and practice IT support. Find relevant resources for all ambulatory practices, as well as for hospitals and health systems looking to educate their affiliated ambulatory practices about HIE.

The toolkit provides a comprehensive overview of HIE, ranging from HIE introductory information to more advanced resources and valuable HIE business tools. Check back often for updates! HIMSS frequently adds new resources to support ambulatory providers’ efforts to keep current with HIE developments.

Please Note: This HIE toolkit does not address Meaningful Use (MU) compliance criteria, how to set up an Electronic Health Record (EHR), or how a patient visit may change with the addition of data from a health information exchange organization.

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Message from the CEOs

Physician practices are actively employing health information technology (HIT) in an effort to deliver more effective and efficient care to their patients. For these ambulatory practices, one important tool in the expanding HIT arsenal is participation in health information exchange organizations (HIEs) and sharing health information with community and business partners. Practices are leveraging the opportunities offered by these HIEs to add to the critical information stream flowing securely across clinical settings that facilitates efficient and effective patient care.

Targeting the needs of practice staff, HIMSS and MGMA-ACMPE have partnered to develop The Ambulatory Health Information Exchange Toolkit. This comprehensive guide serves as an important resource for physician practices seeking a pathway toward HIE participation, and supports their activities with sharing and receiving patient information in an electronic format.

As our environment continues to evolve, this web-based toolkit is specifically designed to capture the latest developments in HIEs highlighting new and practical resources that can benefit physicians and their practice staff. This toolkit offers a wide array of content that will be useful for those practices starting to explore collaborating with their local HIE and for those looking for more detailed HIE information.

We trust that The Ambulatory Health Information Exchange Toolkit Guide provides guidance and value as physician practices continue to harness the power of HIT and leverage the services of HIE organizations.

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE
Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE
President and CEO

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