The Health Information Exchange

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The Health Information Exchange Jamie Trun Since the beginning of keeping medical records in healthcare facilities, there as been a need of a more efficient way of keeping records. Although there is a challenge of making a uniform way for all physicians and other medical professional to use and the accessibility was a major issue also. When medical records were requested from another treating physician, it was done thru the U.S Mail or thru carriers, this often took days if not weeks and then later when records were able to be faxed it could take hours,and the length of time often was too late which most likely affected the health of the patient. Then the creation of the Health Information Exchange and the start…show more content…
Having state government solely govern HIEs can show that government has a “heavy hand” in the industry and turn off stakeholders of HIEs. Providing state governments with the ability to govern HIEs can be a benefit because they have the ability to enable legislation. Furthermore, state involvement in governing of HIEs can obtain and issue financing without having to delay by going to main government (National Governors Association, 2009). State governments will be accountable for the privacy, security, fiscal integrity, interoperability of the system, and for universal access to HIT. Given this responsibility it is logical to have state government involved with the governance of HIEs. Funding and support of a governing body is simplified because the state is the starting point for funding and resource allocation. The self-sustaining nature of a state run HIE governance makes this an appealing option. The state of Delaware’s Health Information Network utilizes the public authority model and serves as the statewide HIE organization by overseeing and providing HIE services (AHRQ, 2010). “Electronic health records can provide many benefits for providers and their patients, but the benefits depend on how they're used. Meaningful use is the set of standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs that governs the use of electronic health records and allows eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria. The goal of meaningful use is to promote the spread of electronic health records to improve health care in the United States.The benefits of the meaningful use of EHRs include: • Complete and accurate information. With electronic health records, providers have the information they need to provide the best possible care. Providers will know more about their patients and their
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