Health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers to securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically.
Reducing the need for the patient to transport or relay their medical history, lab results, images or prescriptions between health professionals. Instead, this information is shared between health care providers before the patient arrives for an appointment or goes to the pharmacy to pick up a medication.
What is happening in YOUR state?
Every state has received funds to modernize how patient health information is shared. More information about the State Health Information Exchange program—including what’s happening in each state—is available at www.healthIT.gov
Timely sharing of vital patient information can better inform decision making at the point of care and allow providers to:
Avoid readmissions, Avoid medication errors, Improve diagnoses, Decrease duplicate testing.
There are currently three key forms of health information exchange:
1. Directed Exchange – ability to send and receive secure information electronically between care providers to support coordinated care: http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/health-information-exchange/what-hie#directed_exchange
2. Query-based Exchange – ability for providers to find and/or request information on a patient from other providers, often used for unplanned care: http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/health-information-exchange/what-hie#query-based_exchange
3. Consumer Mediated Exchange – ability for patients to aggregate and control the use of their health information among providers: http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/health-information-exchange/what-hie#consumer-mediated_exchange