The Georgia Health Information Exchange has been designated as the state's HIE, and will link with regional exchanges in the state. The HIE will receive at least $13 million in federal HITECH Act funding.
Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum has rolled out LaHIE, the state's health information exchange, in the Acadiana region. Officials said the initiative, which uses technology from Orion Health, will enable health data sharing among approved providers and across the state's health system to boost patient safety, care quality and outcomes.
A proposal from the New York eHealth Collaborative and the state health department is requesting $129 million in federal and state funds to establish a statewide health information exchange. The proposal has been forwarded to the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for review.
An eHealth Initiative survey revealed 234 active health information exchanges this year, up from 193 last year, and more than 70 are now successfully sharing information. The survey also found that sustainability continues to be an issue for many state-operated HIEs, despite increased federal funding.
Maryland's statewide HIE, Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, will use Axolotl's Elysium Exchange platform to link 47 hospitals and about 7,900 other facilities. The exchange initially will offer functions such as transcribed radiology and lab results, with future plans to add point-of-care decision support and other capabilities.
Organizations participating in health information exchanges will face a number of issues associated with administrative and financial systems, said Henry Chao, chief technology officer at CMS. Speaking at a conference, Chao said organizations will have to update financial systems to account for meaningful use incentive payments and ensure the proper use of information shared via an HIE, among other issues.