Experts: Start Small with State HIEs | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Experts: Start Small with State HIEs

March 31, 2010
by root
| Reprints

In a whitepaper released this week, Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomson Reuters has outlined the ten best practices for implementing statewide health information exchange (HIE) programs. As state officials gear up to put programs in place, researchers advise the following:

Among the ten best practices for building a statewide HIE, Thomson Reuters recommends the following:

  • Define a meaningful pilot that meets the needs of local stakeholders
  • Rather than setting overly ambitious goals, get a small program up and running and learn from mistakes
  • Involve physicians and clinicians at the outset to determine what will be most beneficial on the frontlines where patients are served
  • Avoid the trap of tweaking the grand design toward perfection at the expense of launching something manageable
  • Provide physicians with as many different types of information from as many different sources as possible
  • Addressing the clinical use case is the most direct path to demonstrating the value of the HIE
  • Avoid using an opt-in consent policy, as these environments have been shown to impede patient participation
  • Utilize embedded analytic capabilities that deliver an intelligent presentation of information
  • Build analytics into the system at the start-up
  • Focus on the goal of providing the infrastructure to deliver data as efficiently as possible rather than trying to become the resident education and electronic records provider.

For more information, visit

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



NIH Issues Funding Announcement for All of Us Genomic Research Program

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “All of Us” Research Program has issued a funding announcement for genome centers to generate genotype and whole genome sequence data from participants’ biosamples.

MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Circulation, Buoy Health Collaborate on Integrated Platform for Patient Transportation

Boston-based startup Circulation Health, a ride-ordering exchange that coordinates medical transportation logistics using Lyft and other transportation partners, is partnering with Buoy Health, also based in Boston, to integrate their platforms to provide patients with an end-to-end healthcare experience.

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (Framework).

Report: Interoperability in NHS England Faces Similar Barriers as U.S. Healthcare

Electronic patient record interoperability in NHS England is benefiting patient care, but interoperability efforts are facing barriers, including limited data sharing and cumbersome processes falling outside of the clinician workflow, according to a KLAS Research report.

Geisinger National Precision Health Hires Illumina Exec to Lead Business Development

Integrated health system Geisinger has hired a high-profile genetic counselor to head up business development for Geisinger National Precision Health, which was created to extend the Geisinger model on the national scene.