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What is health information exchange?

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 08:43 -- Whitney Mayo

 

Let's start at the beginning! Did you know that the term "health information exchange" is used to refer to two distinct concepts interchangeably?

The verb "health information exchange" refers to the act of moving health-related information electronically among multiple organizations within a region, community, or hospital system, while a "Health Information Exchange" (HIE) is a noun referring to a formal entity providing a set of services that enable the collection and sharing of a patient's information among participating organizations.

The ability to exchange health information electronically is the foundation of efforts to transform the healthcare system.