Electronic Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are exploding globally and in the U.S., with 92% of the U.S. population now served by them. Private companies, states, and even large counties and cities are scrambling to launch their own HIEs.
Why the exponential growth? HIEs are an increasingly important part of the healthcare IT landscape because they allow healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others) and patients to access and securely share vital patient medical information electronically, improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.
HIEs can improve the completeness of a patient’s records, which can positively affect care, as history, current medications, and other information can be jointly reviewed during visits. Near real-time sharing of vital patient information can better inform decision-making at the point of care and allow providers to avoid readmissions and errors, improve diagnoses, and decrease duplicate testing.