Diverging views on health information exchange organizations

Joshua Vest, Mari F. Greenberger, Audrey Garnatz

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Introduction: Health information exchange (HIE) capabilities meet the demands for a more effective, efficient, and safer health care system. However, organizations and individual providers have pursued different strategies to meet their respective needs for HIE capabilities. Because effective information sharing is necessary to a learning health system, this study sought to explore the perceptions of different approaches' effect on key features of an effective health care system. Methods: An anonymous web-based survey was sent to a convenience sample of the membership of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative with knowledge of HIE (n=68). A series of 7-point Likert-type items measured perceptions of enterprise health information exchanges (eHIEs) and community health information organizations (cHIOs) in the areas of effect on exchange participation, effect on market dynamics, relationship to DIRECT Secure Messaging and vendor-mediated exchange, and effect on quality. Also, respondents were asked to rate 13 qualities and services as “more about eHIE” or “more about cHIO.”. Results: Respondents tended to agree on the importance of cHIO and eHIE. Community benefits and support for public health agencies were concepts more often applied to cHIOs. Discussion: This study affirmed much of the conventional wisdom and anecdotal comments about perceptions of cHIOs and eHIEs. Although the respondents viewed cHIOs and eHIEs differently in terms of broader societal benefit and strategic advantage, nonetheless consistent agreement appeared in areas of importance in relationship to other information sharing strategies and overall effect on the quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere10031
JournalLearning Health Systems
Volume1
Issue number3
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • health information exchange
  • organizational strategy
  • policy

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Diverging views on health information exchange organizations. / Vest, Joshua; Greenberger, Mari F.; Garnatz, Audrey.

In: Learning Health Systems, Vol. 1, No. 3, e10031, 01.01.2017.

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Vest, Joshua ; Greenberger, Mari F. ; Garnatz, Audrey. / Diverging views on health information exchange organizations. In: Learning Health Systems. 2017 ; Vol. 1, No. 3.
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