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Statewide health information exchanges (HIEs) help providers share medical records in ways that can improve care coordination and patient outcomes while also enabling population health analysis.
First, though, an HIE has to get off the ground. Unfortunately for healthcare providers and patients in Connecticut, a statewide HIE approved years ago remains stuck in the planning phase.
From The Connecticut Mirror:
"Nearly 18 months and $5 million later, Connecticut’s fourth attempt to create a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) is still in the planning phase. This fourth attempt to create an exchange began 10 years after Connecticut originally started investing millions of dollars into the idea. Between 2007 and 2017, $23 million was invested with no tangible progress."
What’s behind the delay? Mark Raymond, Connecticut’s chief information officer and a member of the Health Information Technology Advisory Council, which is in charge of this fourth attempt, tells the Mirror, “There is this tension between thoroughness and action, perhaps in our decision-making process that needs to be considered.”
The Connecticut State Medical Society launched an HIE called CTHealthLink in June 2017, but to date only three medical groups with fewer than 30 healthcare facilities in the state are participating.
Connecticut Health Information Technology Officer Allan Hackney said the state is hoping to hear within the next month whether it will receive an $11.4 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“The funding for the HIE portion has taken longer than I wanted, by a number of months,” Hackney told the Mirror. “I was hoping that we would be in pilots now, but now it’s not until September-ish, assuming I get my funding.”