Health Information Exchange: The Fulcrum of Health Innovation

Written by: GLHC

The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference is next week! HIMSS19 will bring together 45,000+ professionals from 90+ countries for the education, innovation, and collaboration they need to transform health through information and technology.

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Brian Mack, GLHC Marketing Manager, has been selected to be a Social Media Ambassador! This community of health innovators embrace social media as a driver of change in the health IT industry.

In preparation for the week long event, Brian prepared an update for the broader healthcare community about how health information exchange impacts patients, providers, payers and policy.

Health Information Exchange: The Fulcrum of Health Innovation

In case the word “fulcrum” in the title stumped you … the fulcrum is the point on which a lever rests or is supported and on which it pivots. Synonyms are: pivot, hinge, center, heart, hub, or focal point.

“As we look to 2019 and beyond, health information exchange (HIE) organizations across the nation are demonstrating their pivotal role as data synthesizers at the heart of healthcare delivery. ”


“A recent survey conducted by HEALTHeLINK, the Regional HIE in Western New York, indicated that 82 percent of patients believe access to electronic data is important for patient care, and 81 percent said they would encourage their physician to participate in HIE. ”


“The last thing that providers need is MORE data. What they do require is actionable intelligence, in real-time, that can positively inform care planning and delivery.”


“Payer engagement in HIE will continue to be an area for focused growth for Regional HIEs in 2019, particularly as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), responsible for overseeing care delivery, chronic health and risk management for the populations they serve grow and expand across the nation.”


“the ONC should leverage and encourage the continued growth of existing networks and national agreements that are already in place. It took years and vast financial resources (both public and private) to build these organizations, develop their technical capabilities and infrastructure, and mature their business models to assure long-term sustainability. Adding another layer of regulatory mandates can only serve to hinder progress toward national connectivity.”