What is the Louisiana Health Information Exchange?
Improving health care in the United States through the use of
health information technology is a major initiative today. For
providers, it begins with the adoption and meaningful use of electronic
health records (EHRs). The next step involves the ability to securely
exchange health information within and across states for the purpose of
promoting continuity of patient care.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of
2009, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Technology (ONC) granted 56 awards totaling $548 million to help
states and territories advance health information exchange among
providers and hospitals in their designated areas. The Louisiana Health
Care Quality Forum received $10.6 million in 2010 and serves as the
designated, neutral entity to build and support a health information
exchange (HIE) in our state.
Known as LaHIE
, the exchange will allow authorized
providers and organizations to electronically access and share
health-related information through a secure and confidential network for
the purpose of improving patient safety, quality of care and health
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