Health information exchanges (HIE) in Texas are being established with $28 million in federal funds Texas received as a result of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), a public-private partnership whose board includes physicians, oversees distribution of the money.
THSA has prepared a six-page overview, Supporting Meaningful Use – Health Information Exchange Options for Texas Hospitals and Physicians [PDF], that summarizes HIEs in Texas and services available to Texas physicians.
THSA also announced that the Texas Rural White Space Strategy began Jan. 1. It establishes qualified health information service providers to provide health information exchange connectivity to health care professionals in rural counties, known as the Texas "White Space," that do not have local HIEs.
Read more about HIEs in Texas Medicine's February 2010 article, "The Gift of Sharing." Physicians needing help with information technology also may turn to the Texas regional extension centers, which provide on-site consulting at subsidized and below-market rates. Visit the TMA website for more information. For questions related to HIEs, regional extension centers, and health information technology, call TMA at (880) 880-5720 or email HIT.
Action, March 1, 2012