The business case for interoperability: A Q&A with Salim Kizaraly, Founder and SVP, Stella Technology

Health Information Exchange – Past, the present and future

Health Information Exchange (HIE) allows healthcare professionals and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically, according to the definition identified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Efforts to establish HIE has been underway for the past two decades, beginning with similar initiatives – known as Community Health Information Networks (CHINs) – that began in the mid-1990s. In the past ten years, more progress and “buzz” has surrounded HIE in part to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that was signed into law, and designed to accelerate the adoption and assist healthcare providers to obtain meaningful use of health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records (EHRs) and care coordination through HIE through funding incentives for the adoption of these tools.

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