What is Health Information Exchange?

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To support health care professionals in managing the array of information available about patients and populations, health systems have adopted a variety of information and communications technologies (ICT). Yet many ICT systems operate as islands unto themselves, unable to connect or share information with other ICT systems. Such fragmentation of data and information is an impediment to achieving the goal of efficient, coordinated health care delivery. Health information exchange (HIE) seeks to address the challenges of connecting disparate ICT systems, enabling information to be available when and where it is needed by clinicians, administrators, and public health authorities. This chapter robustly defines HIE, including its core components, and then describes its evolution within the US health system. This chapter further discusses the rise of HIE in other countries and describes the various forms of HIE found in health systems around the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHealth Information Exchange
Subtitle of host publicationNavigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128031506
ISBN (Print)9780128031353
StatePublished - Feb 11 2016


  • Community-based HIE
  • Electronic health record (EHR)
  • Government-facilitated HIE
  • Health information exchange
  • Health information organization
  • Information and communications technologies (ICT)
  • Local health information infrastructure
  • Payload
  • Private HIE
  • Transactions
  • Vendor-facilitated HIE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Dixon, B. E. (2016). What is Health Information Exchange? In Health Information Exchange: Navigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems (pp. 3-20). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803135-3.00001-3