Positive Future For Health Information Exchange On The Way?

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | July 8, 2013

Even with the increased adoption and meaningful use of EHR technologies, current attempts at healthcare reform will not avoid history repeating itself unless the EHR adopters participate in health information exchange (HIE). Otherwise, it is simply the condition of adding new solutions to those that came before them.

Recent developments in healthcare and health IT are beginning to inspire confidence that HIE is trending in the right direction. Earlier in the year at HIMSS13 came the announcement of the CommonWell Health Alliance aimed at increasing EHR interoperability and data liquidity, and more recently came word that Healtheway, the operator of the eHealth Exchange (née NwHIN Exchange), had named its nine founding members and intentions to make ubiquitous HIE a reality.

“These collaborations are going to move us forward and be a positive step,” says Jeri Kirschner, Federal Health Liaison/Partner Manager at Orion Health, one of Healtheway’s founding members.