February 23, 2010

Extra Motivations Needed For HIE Participation by Health Systems?

Filed under: CMS,EMRs,HIEs,Meaningful Use — HankMayers @ 12:29 pm

Now that the federal HIE Planning & Implementation grant awards are behind us, and work gets uderway, I find myself considering the criticality of the active participation by health systems in such HIEs. After all, the hospital usually owns the principal ED, and such central ancillary service providers as the major laboratory and radiology/imaging departments that serve the community. Electronic exchange of orders and results information with these ancillary entities is a major priority in the federal EHR incentive meaningful use criteria for eligible practitioners.

In spite of the fact that HIEs are a linchpin to interoperability, the federal meaningful use criteria for hospitals does not cite any requirement that the hospital EHR incentives require participation in multi-stakeholder HIEs.

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