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What is a Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

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A Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a network of interconnected systems that allow for clinical data to be shared between physicians and healthcare providers to enable better patient care. These connected systems can include hospitals, ambulatory practices, immunization registries, and public health agencies. They allow medical professionals to electronically access and share a patient's relevant medical information in a rapid fashion. By digitizing formerly paper-based processes, HIE ensures that important records and information are shared quickly amongst providers and institutions, thus improving the quality of patient care.

By sharing patient medical information that is in EHRs and other digital systems that are highly organized and easier to manage, HIE also improves patient data utilization. Instead of pulling records out of a file cabinet and sending faxes, providers can see complete patient records in one place, including the history of illness, current medications, and past visits. 

Benefits of Health Information Exchange

The ability of HIE to centralize patient records while ensuring their accuracy and completeness directly affects the quality and timeliness of patient care. Overall, having complete patient medical information in one place where it can be easily accessed and reviewed by any provider working with that patient results in:

  • Reduced duplicative testing and adverse reactions to medications
  • Faster and more accurate diagnoses
  • Fewer readmissions
  • Better follow-up

For instance, HIE helps doctors avoid ordering redundant tests because they have access to recent visits and records. Likewise, by having complete data on a patient's current medications, doctors can check for the safety, allergic reactions, and applicability of prescriptions before writing them.

Additionally, HIE allows healthcare institutions to easily analyze patient records to ensure ongoing quality of care. For example, a list of patients diagnosed with diabetes can be compiled, allowing a team to identify those with uncontrolled blood sugar levels so a follow-up appointment can be scheduled. 

How TempDev Can Help With an HIE

TempDev’s team of experienced consultants, developers, and trainers are here to support enhanced accessibility, as well as customized features and templates. This enables you and your patients to have more control over data with improved transparency. 

As part of our streamlining process, we help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support safety, patient engagement, and security. We also help improve interoperability between health systems, including the implementation of best practices with an HIE exchange with the hospital and the local community. From dashboards to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to ensure compliance. 

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to build your next ADT interface with hospitals and other vendors.

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