Feds Award $162 Million More for HIEsEvery state has received funding to support networks
Earlier, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $385 million to 40 projects. The grants are going to state agencies that are facilitating the development of HIEs.
The funding comes from the HITECH Act within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The act encourages and funds the secure exchange of electronic health records among healthcare organizations on a local, regional and national basis. The effort is linked to the federal EHR incentive program.
"Health information exchange will enable eligible healthcare providers to be deemed meaningful users of health IT and receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program," notes David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology.
One recent research report validated 89 functioning U.S. HIEs that serve multiple organizations in a region. In addition to achieving financial viability, a key challenge for emerging exchanges is tackling privacy, security and patient consent issues, according to the report.