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Nov 22 2011   12:06PM GMT

New guide aims to help CIOs in health information exchange

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eHealth Initiative
health information exchange

With Thanksgiving only two days away, CIOs of health care organizations can be thankful for a new guide that will aid them in making decisions on how to achieve health information exchange (HIE).

The Web-based guide, titled The HIE Guide for CIOs, was released by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the eHealth Initiative (eHi). It was formed in a collaborative process — a combination of research from CHIMES’s CIO members and eHI’s HIE Tookit. The toolkit provides advice for health information organizations, or HIOs.

This could be a beneficial tool for organizations that are seeking stimulus funding from the HITECH Act program. Furthermore, a core objective in stage 1 says that providers or hospitals must have the ability to electronically exchange key clinical information among providers of care and patient-authorized entities. Although providers are required to only test data exchanges in stage 1 of the program, it’s a fair assumption that stages 2 and 3 will require additional mandates on effective and accurate HIE.

The ten-chapter guide offers insight on meeting meaningful use through HIE, selecting an HIO, technical requirements for HIE and a plethora of background information on HIE among others. Additionally, almost all of the chapters end with a mix of considerations, resources and tips for successful HIE deployment for CIOs.

“This guide is intended to be a starting point for identifying key issues for healthcare executives that are developing a ground-level understanding of how to accomplish health information exchange,” said Richard Correll, president and CEO of CHIME, in a press release. “As HIE grows and evolves in the coming months, this guide will be further refined to provide ongoing guidance on HIE decisions.”

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