Looking at gaps across the healthcare spectrum that HIE still needs to fill, the ONC Information Exchange Workgroup is suggesting HHS, CMS and ONC look at the policy options they could use to streamline and incentivize information sharing.
The health information exchange model is metamorphosing from its initial phase of Direct secure messaging and patient look-up toward a new age of value-added services that one HIE director believes "will have a profound effect on healthcare," quality across America.
The Delaware Health Information Network is preparing to provide Direct Project messaging services with a HISP provided by ICA's AlliedHIE company, in what HIE officials see as an important step towards interoperability.
The University of California Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement has published the "HIE Ready Buyers' Guide," in an effort to help guide providers through vendor procurement or in joining health information exchanges and organizations.
More complete patient data integration is essential to moving the bar on improved patient care. For the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this includes a new organization wide IT system dubbed the Knowledge Discovery Infrastructure (KDI).