Seventeen Texas HIEs Receive Grants

Texas received $28 million from the Office of the National Coordinator to fund health information exchange (HIE) activities in Texas. In basic terms, an HIE is a way to use technology to make patients' health information available anywhere, anytime.

The funds are being disseminated through the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA).  To date, the following 17 entities have applied for funds and have been funded:



HIE Applicant


Anchor Applicant

Coalition of Health Services 


Coalition of Health Services

First Net 


East Texas Medical Center

Greater Houston

Harris County

Collaboration that includes Harris County Medical Society

Health Access San Antonio (HASA)

Bexar County

Existing HIE, HASA is anchor

Health Information Network of South Texas

Corpus Christi

Community collaboration

HIE Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas/Beaumont

Christus Hospital System

Integrated Care Collaboration (ICC)

Austin/Central Texas

Existing HIE, ICC is anchor

iHealth Trust


iHealth Trust Physicians (IPA)

Montgomery County HIE


The Woodlands/Conroe

Montgomery County Hospital District

North Texas Accountable Care Partnership

Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton

Collaboration of physicians, hospitals, and employers.  

Northeast Texas HIE


Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas  

Christus Hospital System

Paso del Norte HIE


El Paso

Paso Del Norte Health Foundation

North Texas Red River Medical Center


North Texas Medical Center

Rio Grande Valley HIE

Rio Grande Valley

Lower Rio Grande Regional Advisory Council on Trauma Service

Rio One Health Network

Rio Grande Valley

Doctors Hospital and Renaissance 

Southeast Texas Health Systems



Southeast Texas Health Systems

Galveston County HIE


University of Texas Medical Branch


Some already operational HIEs did not apply for grant funding as some of the requirements would have required significant adjustments to their operational model.

For more information about HIEs and what questions physicians should ask before joining an HIE, read, "The Gift of Sharing"  in the February issue of Texas Medicine. In addition, information on HIEs, electronic health records, and regional extension centers is available in the health information technology (HIT) section of the TMA website. Questions may also be directed to TMA's HIT Department by telephone at (800) 880-5720 or by e-mail. 

Action, May 2, 2011