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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:00 AM

Your State May Require You to Join an HIE — Are You Ready?

Written by Dennis Sherba, Practice Director, Connected Community, Professional Services, Iatric Systems


PS-HIE-webcast-Blog-header-image-solve-HIE-challenges-2016-05.jpgIn the world of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), as with many other challenges in Healthcare IT, the regulations are constantly changing, and it can be hard for providers to keep up.

Let's take a look at state HIEs in particular. Many states are enacting legislation that will require connection to the state HIE. Do you know if your state is one of them?

Here's one example. The state of New York recently adopted the SHIN-NY regulation which, according to the April issue of the SHIN-NY Spotlight, "This regulation provides guidance on how SHIN-NY is operated. Additionally, the policy directs all Article 28 hospitals to connect to the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) on or before March 2017 and other regulated facilities in New York to connect by March 2018."

According to the SHIN-NY regulation, the benefits of connecting to the state HIE include: 

  • Improving the patient care experience (including quality and cost)
  • Improving the health of populations
  • Reducing the per capita cost of healthcare

Other states have also introduced regulations to require connection to their state HIE (Maryland and North Carolina). It's very possible that other states will soon follow, and will require hospitals and physician practices to connect to their State or Regional HIE.

So, regardless of if you are in a state that has already mandated connection to the state HIE (or State Designated Entity), or if you are in another state that will do so in the future, it is in your best interest to start planning and preparing for this now, if you haven't done so already.

Determining where to start can be challenging. We have a team of HIE experts that have done work with state HIEs, and hospitals to help them get the most out of their connection. We would be happy to help you navigate the HIE waters, whether it's strategy or implementation.

Our Senior Solutions Engineer, Michelle Schneider, will be hosting a live webcast this summer on August 3, 2016 at 2pm ET, titled, "You've Connected to an HIE, Now What?" that will discuss how to get the maximum benefit out of an HIE once you've connected.

If you need help determining the best way to connect to an HIE, or to determine which HIE is right for you, this eBook has some great tips.