HIEs in Ohio
The Ohio Health Information Partnership is a nonprofit entity whose mission is to assist physicians and other providers with the adoption and implementation of health information technology (HIT) throughout Ohio, specifically in the adoption and use of electronic health records. Funded through the Office of the National Coordinator of HIT within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we also are responsible for the creation of a technological infrastructure that will allow Ohio physicians, hospitals and healthcare professionals to electronically share patient health records across the state
HealthBridge is a not-for-profit corporation that supports health information technology adoption, health information exchange, and the innovative use of information for improved health care outcomes. For well over a decade, we’ve been recognized as one of the nation’s largest, most advanced and most financially sustainable health information exchanges.\
With our uniquely connected technology and innovative process improvement, we don’t just exchange information; we make the information meaningful for hospitals, physician practices and other health care organizations. By ensuring that the right information reaches the right people at the right time, HealthBridge enables stakeholders to make better decisions that enhance patient care and lower health care costs.
What is an HIE?
Electronic health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health care providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically—improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care.
Despite the widespread availability of secure electronic data transfer, most Americans’ medical information is stored on paper—in filing cabinets at various medical offices, or in boxes and folders in patients’ homes. When that medical information is shared between providers, it happens by mail, fax or—most likely—by patients themselves, who frequently carry their records from appointment to appointment. While electronic health information exchange cannot replace provider-patient communication, it can greatly improve the completeness of patient’s records, (which can have a big effect on care), as past history, current medications and other information is jointly reviewed during visits.
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