Health Information Management

Health information exchanges see 40% growth from previous year

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 27, 2009

The number of community-based health information exchanges (HIEs) that transfer data electronically among physicians, hospitals, health plans, and patients increased by nearly 40% from 2008, according to the sixth annual survey and study released by the nonprofit group, eHealth Initiative (eHI).

Approximately, there are 193 HIEs across the country, and 153 participated in the survey. Among the different stakeholders in those HIEs, hospitals (21) and physician practices (19) anticipated returns on their investments during this year, according to the study.

In 2009 and 2010, HIEs are expected to see new opportunities with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through which the federal government is expected to spend at least $300 million in support of HIE activities. "While it is impossible to predict the impact of future funding, ARRA has helped energize the field in recent months," the study said.

Read the full story by HealthLeaders Media’s Janice Simmons.

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