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What Is An HIE? | FAQ

What is an HIE?
A health information exchange is a network of electronic health records designed to link all providers in a specific region. With this network, patient information moves electronically between physicians, hospitals, labs and pharmacies.

How does HIE improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of
health care?
Connecting clinical providers and patients through a secure, electronic health information system ensures that providers have access to the right information at the right time.Access by authorized providers to past clinical information about patients will enable physicians and other clinicians to provide better care, reduce duplicative tests, and avoid adverse drug events, among other things. Ultimately, patients will receive higher quality care and have access to additional information so that they can better manage their personal health or health care.

What is “meaningful use”?
The federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides incentives for eligible Medicaid and Medicare physicians and hospitals to encourage adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). In order to fully qualify for these incentives, physicians and hospitals must make "meaningful use" of the EHRs by exchanging clinical health data across secure networks.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has additional information on meaningful use and the stages of meaningful use here.

Who is participating in the Healthconnect network?
For a full list of providers please visit our Connected Providers page. New providers are joining all the time.

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