Challenges of a Health Information Exchange

Dr John D. Halamka and Devore Culver give a very interesting presentation on Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and there is a following Q&A session. The video is on the YouTube channel of Healthcare IT News.

The presentation and the Q&A session is wide ranging in terms of the issues discussed. There were a number of issues that I found particularly interesting

  • The concept of persistent metadata
  • Trusted user policies including secure gateways and certification at the organisation level
  • Stakeholders involvement in governance and the role of governance in establishing trust
  • The impact of capitation fees on the utilisation of HIE’s.
  • The popularity of single portals as a means of minimising workflow disruption
  • Differences in the processing of health information types
  • Cross institution clinical decision support.
  • Opt-in and opt-out models.
  • The concept of a national health information exchange achieved through the Federal bridge, direct trust affiliation and the national strategy for trusted identity in cyberspace
  • Cooperation between healthcare organisations
  • The role of the patient committee in governance
  • The importance of providing a simple explanation of the HIE
  • Testing
  • Rigorous audit standards
  • Audits at the individual level
  • The use of audits by security officers at participating organisations

There is a lot of very interesting material in this presentation which gives many helpful insights into the practical issues involved in an established HIE.

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