Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Private Health Information Exchanges Take Over

From the article: "A new report from Chilmark Research shows that the health information exchange market grew more than 40% in the past year. However, 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 or states. 

The main reasons for the rapid health information exchange growth, according to Chilmark, are Meaningful Use criteria--which will require interoperability between systems at transitions of care, such as hospital discharges--and the impending changes in reimbursement methods that will necessitate greater care coordination. … 

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association points out that the rapid evolution of enterprise-based health information exchanges, coupled with the advent of Direct clinical messaging, has undermined the ability of public health information exchanges to survive. On the other hand, some healthcare systems use both private and public health information exchanges. For example, CentraState Health System, based in Freehold, N.J., has built an internal health information exchange to connect with its community doctors, but has also joined Jersey Health Connect, a regional exchange that includes 17 other hospitals." Read more

See also

Lenert, Leslie, David Sundwell and Michael Edward Lenert.  "Shifts in the Architecture of the Nationwide Health information Network." J Am Med Inform Assoc published online January 21, 2012.