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National Survey of Health Information Exchange Efforts


 Summary:

The survey tracks organizations that facilitate the exchange of clinical data between independent healthcare entities. The survey is conducted every 12-18 months to measure progress and identify challenges facing health information exchange efforts. It includes questions regarding organizational characteristics, financial sustainability, funding sources, barriers to development, and details regarding the types of data facilitated between organizations.
 
The results of the survey help further our understanding of the current state of health information exchange, and how HIE dynamics are changing over time. In particular, we monitor progress towards a nationwide HIE infrastructure, and help policymakers make informed decisions on how to further encourage the exchange of clinical data in ways that improve health care.
 Current Status:

The survey is conducted every 12-18 months. The results of the 2014 survey are currently being evaluated for academic publication.

 Products:
Julia Adler-Milstein, David W. Bates and Ashish K. Jha, Operational Health Information Exchanges Show Substantial Growth, But Long-Term Funding Remains A Concern, Health Affairs, 32, no.8 (2013):1486-1492, (published online July 9, 2013; 10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0124)

Adler-Milstein J, Bates DW, Jha AK. A Survey of Health Information Exchange Organizations in the United States: Implications for Meaningful Use. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154:666-671. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-154-10-201105170-00006

Julia Adler-Milstein, David W. Bates and Ashish K. Jha, U.S. Regional Health Information Organizations: Progress And Challenges Health Affairs, 28, no.2 (2009):483-492 doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.2.483

 Sponsors:

 Collaborators:

Ashish Jha, Harvard School of Public Health