There is an interesting talk by Paul Brannan about setting up a health information exchange (HIE) in Alabama. Paul Brannan is the state health IT coordinator as well as the director of One Health Record®.
Brannan talks about how multiple care providers can link up through One Health Record®. What I found interesting was the opportunity for healthcare providers to become part of a community through the HIE. Barriers were lowered for providers by the utilisation of middleware that simplifies the process of joining.
The benefits that were espoused for patients and providers were also quite interesting. The suggestion that patients might want to seek out providers who have electronic records and were part of a HIE was particularly interesting.
What was particularly fascinating was that Brennan describes how people that were displaced during tornadoes and hurricanes, were at an advantage in terms of being treated elsewhere if their original provider used electronic health records.
The Health Information Exchange is the new healthcare paradigm of the early twenty first century which holds promise for better healthcare delivery in the future.
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