Health Information Exchange (HIE) refers to the process of reliable and interoperable electronic health–related information sharing conducted in a manner that protects the confidentiality, privacy and security of the information. The goal of the HIE is to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical and administrative data in order to provide safer and more timely , efficient , effective and equitable patient centered care.
- Security of Information
- Data passing through the HIE is encrypted.
- Only authorized users have access to the information.
- All access by authorized users is logged monitored and audited, preventing inappropriate access to records
- Patient information can be shared in any location where assessment, diagnosis and treatment decisions occur while maintaining privacy requirements.
- Every health care professional involved with a patient can have the ability to enter data into the same system. This will improve the documentation and quality of care.
- Problems with incorrect or conflicting prescription drugs can be avoided.
- Clinicians can gather key information about patients more quickly, which expedites treatment – especially important in emergency situations.
- Patient records are more complete, which helps physicians and staff avoid errors.
- Medical information about patients will help physicians identify gaps in care, help patients coordinate their own care, and can even promote wellness in the entire population.
- Records can be backed up and secured, avoiding loss in accidents and disasters.
- Costly tasks of creating and managing paper records are reduced or eliminated