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Health Information Exchange

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Health Information Exchange (HIE) is the capability to electronically transmit clinical data among different healthcare information systems. Despite providers can move business or financial information, in practice HIE is an action to share clinical data between any two or more organizations.

The advantages of using Health Information Exchange:
Reduced expenses associated with
The manual printing, scanning
and faxing, including ink and
paper costs
The Physical mailing of
medical information,
phone communication
The time and effort
involved in recovering
missed information

The widespread deployment of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems revealed the need to easily transmit patient data between systems and the latest rules for EHRs purposes interoperability as the main object.

HIE often refers to special transition of care file that must be trasmitted in a secure manner using a complex document architecture. You should understand not every application enables you to exchange health information. Usually, EHRs do not develop own HIE tbecause it’s a complex process to be and stay enrolled in a trust community of Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) responsible to store and convey secure emails. Therefore, the majority of EHRs have completed integration with HISPs.

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iSmart Electronic Health Records (EHR) system also integrated with HISP service to securely send and receive medical information including:
- provider’s name and office contact information;
- the common clinical data set;
- encounter diagnoses;
- cognitive status;
- functional status.
The integration allows users to exchange referrals directly in iSmart interface without need to switch between systems.

Another fact is the HIE ability is a certification requirement for EHR products that can be used for Meaningful Use or MACRA programs.

The following modules related to HIE were certified in iSmart EHR:

This is particularly important for those providers who participate in MIPS or Medicaid EHR Incentive programs and willing to report, for example, Advancing Care Information (ACI) category. It means users can both exchange health information and complete requirements of two ACI base measures – Send a Summary of Care and Request/Accept Summary of Care.

MIPS and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program eligible provider should remember the following minimal threshold to be met in 2018 reporting year:

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