Building on its status as having one of the highest electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates in the US, North Dakota recently announced the launch of its statewide health information exchange (HIE). North Dakota’s Health Information Technology Director Sheldon Wolf has been working with other state officials to develop the HIE for over four years. Wolf hopes to see quality of care improvements and lowered costs within a year of the HIE’s launch.
Regional extension centers have been extremely successful in launching health IT initiatives in smaller health organizations, an accomplishment the federal government is celebrating for RECs’ four-year birthday. But their future remains uncertain.