Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are being developed as the infrastructure for data sharing between providers and to support access to the complete patient record across providers in many geographic regions of the country. HIEs will ultimately provide the vehicle for data sharing among provider practices and health systems through the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). HIMSS has been actively engaged with the development of HIEs and provides a wide range of tools and informational resources for professionals interested in HIE.
MU & Health Information Exchange
Health Information Exchange and Meaningful Use
This letter from CMS describes how EPs & EHs can qualify for up to a 90% HITECH funding match if it enables better care coordination (utilizing HIE services) to other Medicaid providers (behavioral health, home health, etc.) and if it enables their ability to meet Meaningful Use criteria.
Trends within Meaningful Use and the continuum of care that are driving health information exchange (HIE), including examples of areas where HIE can facilitate the achievement of MU guidelines and other care continuum needs.
This document discusses the Direct Project, a set of standards and protocols that allow healthcare participants to share secure patient information electronically.
This document provides updates regarding the adoption of health information technology, efforts set forth by the ONC and CMS to assist in the adoption of health information exchange, and discuss the barriers to the adoption and exchange of health information.
There are a number of policy levers the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the ONC can use to help make health information exchange a more natural part of medicine across the spectrum, the ONC’s Information Exchange Workgroup suggested to the ONC Health IT Standards Committee.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is officially launching the State Meaningful Use Acceleration Challenge 2.0! Challenge 2.0 increases the number of performance measures by which ONC will judge state progress.
Statewide Health Information Exchange
This website discusses the services provided by the Chicago Illinois Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) to assist all in achieving meaningful use. The website offers a video and discusses the educational support offered.
Organizing and implementing an HIE
This fact sheet discusses interoperability of health information and the use of the information once the exchange has occurred.
This document discusses the options in accelerating existing health information exchanges (HIE).
This website contains training modules for eligible professionals and critical access hospitals gauged towards meaningful use stage 2 in regards transition of care, lab exchange, patient engagement, and public health measure.
This document discusses the initiative as announced by the Interoperability Workgroup and Healtheway to test and validate electronic health records and other health information technology and health information exchange programs. The validation and testing with be done by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT).
This document is a framework for organizing health information exchange policies. This document is not meant for users, but primarily for entities that create the HIE policies.
This guide introduces providers to connecting to a local health information exchange (HIE) and/or regional health information organization (RHIO), implementing HIEs in practice, and utilizing clinical decision support via Preventive Services Reminder System (PSRS). The guide is intended for health care organization, practice leaders, and technical support staff.
HIEs and the eHE
This document discusses the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) a program that promotes health information exchange across diverse entities in order to achieve the goals of the HITECH act. The CDC, CMS, and VA are just a few entities that exchange heath information via NHIN.
HealthIT.gov has composed this website as an information hub for all questions and topics that pertain to the creation and development of the NwHIN.
This document contains guidelines for implementing Direct, the state Health Information Exchange (HIE). Policies and procedures are described throughout the document.
This document describes Beacon communities and the valuable lessons that can be gained through utilization.
This briefing document describes the goals of Beacon Communities, an initiative funded by the ONC and HHS to help providers meet meaningful use.
This learning guide provides information regarding Beacon Communities, which are a set of 17 different area state programs funded by the HHS and the ONC
This flyer discusses the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) program funded by the ONC.
Guidelines, Tools & Templates
A comprehensive paper on key principles in implementing and using health information exchange.
This document described the collaborative project regarding DirectTrust Health Information Exchange Governance Project.
This document is an overview of the educational training available for regional extension centers, Beacon communities, and health information exchange vendors.
This document informs healthcare staff what is needed for a health information exchange program.