One of the greatest promises of health information technology and electronic health records is the ability to securely access and share patient information at the point of care. Currently, there are 12 health information exchanges (HIEs) in Texas funded with federal grants that can provide information about patients at the point of care.
Some of this information includes lab results, current medications, recent hospitalizations, and radiology reports. Each HIE is developing various services according to the needs in its specific region. It is important that you reach out to the HIE in your region to find out what services are offered and to learn details about participation, including cost.
Click here to find out which HIE covers your area. You will be able to access contact information to learn more. TMA has developed a set of questions you should ask before joining an HIE. Those are available for you in the TMA HIE Resource Center.
Join TMA for a Tech Tuesday webinar about HIEs at noon CT on Tuesday, July 16. This will allow you to ask questions and learn more about the Texas approach. Information about the webinar and registration is available in the TMA Education Center.
For more information about HIEs or other health information technology issues, contact TMA's HIT Department by telephone at (800) 880-5720 or by email.
Action, July 1, 2013