A health department administrator may ask if it is critical to join a health information exchange organization (HIO) today, and whether HIE will be important for her agency's future. Even if the answer to the first question is "No," the answer to the second is a definite "YES!"
This section of the Public Health & HIE Toolkit seeks to help public health departments to do the following:
- understand health information exchange (HIE) services and the types of organizations providing them;
- understand how a health department might use or support such services; and
- assess if the value of participating in HIE will be worthwhile.
The toolkit also seeks to orient HIOs to the functions of health departments, and to their value as customers and partners in HIE.
For a high-level overview of public health and HIE, check out this infographic outlining the various ways that public health and HIE can work together!
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