Can HIEs and NHIN Direct Co-exist?

When the Office of the National Coordinator announced the development of NHIN Direct, many involved with creating state-level health information exchanges (HIEs) wondered where it left their organizations. NHIN Direct, expected to begin testing this summer, will offer secure, point-to-point information exchange over the Internet for simple transmissions that may currently be handled via fax or mail, such as referrals. The proposal,...

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Integrating State-level HIE into the NHIN

Three-quarter of states are pursuing some form of health information exchange (HIE), including the creation of public-private entities to provide statewide governance and interoperability. Promoting these efforts fosters both state and national HIE efforts, according to research by the State-Level Health Information Exchange Consensus Project. The research is described in two reports that cover the project’s 2007 work. The first...

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