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After more than a decade of delays, Connecticut may finally be getting its long-promised health information exchange (HIE).
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced the state will receive a $12.2 million grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to support ongoing work toward establishing Connecticut’s first statewide HIE.
“Establishing the health information exchange will improve patient care and save valuable time and resources for providers – an important factor in containing healthcare costs,” Gov. Malloy said in a statement. “Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy is fighting aggressively to advance access to high-quality healthcare and rein in healthcare spending.”
The CMS grant follows a $5 million federal investment Connecticut received in 2017 that facilitated HIE planning. The new round of funding will be used to launch a pilot program for the HIE, a step recommended by the Health Information Technology Advisory Council (HITAC), which was formed to explore the state’s health technology needs.
Connecticut has been trying since 2007 to launch an HIE. Despite $23 million in investments through 2017, no progress had been made. One HITAC member said in July that the board has been struggling to arrive upon a consensus course of action.
In addition to allowing providers to share patient data, the HIE will provide a platform for measuring clinical quality and more quickly analyzing population health, Malloy’s office said.