Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Grow Your Own Health Information Exchange

From  the article: "Once upon a time, many health IT stakeholders hoped to develop a massive, public health information exchange (HIE) that would eventually let hospitals and practices share patient data nationwide. That hope is beginning to look more like a pipe dream. A recent report from Chilmark Research for instance, shows that while the HIE market grew more than 40% in the past year, most of that growth came in privately sponsored, enterprise health information exchanges, rather than in public health information exchanges that seek to connect providers across regions and states…. While public health information exchanges could help providers meet these challenges, healthcare organizations tend to approach information exchange in the context of their own positions in the marketplace. In addition, many don't want to wait for public health information exchanges to reach their areas. So it's not surprising that the bulk of health information exchange growth is now in the private sector." Read more