Health Information exchange (HIE) provides for the secure, electronic and interoperable movement of health-related information among disparate provider and health care industry information systems according to nationally recognized standards and in a manner that ensures the integrity of the health information. The goal of HIE is to facilitate the secure access, use, and control of health information in support of patient-centered care delivered in a safe, high quality, cost effective, and timely manner.
Presently, There are at least 234 active initiatives involved in health information exchange; the earliest HIE efforts date back to the 1990's. (source - eHealth Initiative's Seventh Annual Survey of Health Information Exchange. 2010)
Going forward the Obama Administration has embraced the original executive order issued by President Bush in 2004, establishing the goal that most Americans will have an EHR by 2014.
The recently introduced HITECH legislation provides funding and subject matter expertise to the transition to interoperable electronic healthcare system at the community, state, and national level.
AHIMA is committed to developing the knowledge and skills needed by HIM professionals working in the evolving HIE areas of interoperability of health records, data, and information exchange, patient identification, provider authentication, consent, consumer engagement, and network security and privacy. AHIMA strives to track and advise the membership and industry on national and state HIE initiatives and industry best practices, develop products and services that keep pace with industry progress toward building the National Health Information Network (NHIN).
AHIMA staff and volunteers are active participants on numerous public and private HIE standards and policy development and harmonization projects. AHIMA has provided and continues to provide subject matter expertise to Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), State Level Health Information Exchange Consensus Project (SLHIE), Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative (HISPC), and Health Level Seven (HL7).