What is health information exchange?

Health Information Exchange

Health information exchange (HIE) encompasses two related concepts:

• Verb: The appropriate and confidential electronic exchange of clinical information among authorized organizations

• Noun: An organization with agreed-upon operational and business rules that provides services to enable the electronic and secure sharing of health-related information

Electronic exchange of clinical information allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health care providers, and patients to access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically—improving the speed, quality, safety, coordination, and cost of patient care.

Content last reviewed on September 22, 2017
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