Health Information Management

Health Information Exchange will allow patients to share medical information

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 15, 2009

Patients in Rhode Island will soon have a choice regarding whether they will allow their protected health information to be shared through a statewide health information exchange (HIE). The exchange will also allow their providers access to laboratory data and medication history.

The HIE—termed currentcare—is a secure electronic network created with a $5 million federal grant the Rhode Island Department of Health received in September 2004 when Rhode Island was chosen as one of six states to receive funds from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rhode Island subcontracted with the Rhode Island Quality Institute to provide governance for the initiative, the first phase of which is set to go live in the fall.

The exchange of electronic health information is at the forefront of health leaders' minds these days, particularly because the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earmarked $300 million specifically for these types of developments. HIEs—the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations or within a region, community or state—is one way of sharing data in this way.

Read the full story by Lisa Eramo of HealthLeaders Media.

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