What is health information exchange (HIE)?
HIE refers to the electronic sharing of health-related information
between authorized health care providers and organizations according to
nationally recognized standards that provide for a secure and
What is LaHIE?
LaHIE stands for the Louisiana Health Information Exchange. It is the
network that will support the exchange of health information among
providers and organizations in our state, according to nationally
What are the benefits of HIE?
HIE will provide a common electronic network dedicated to the secure and
efficient exchange of patient health information. Benefits may include
timely access to patient health records; improved patient safety;
increased security of health records; increased consumer engagement;
reduced health care costs; and the ability to more adequately measure
and improve public health benchmarks.
Who manages LaHIE?
LaHIE is an initiative of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. The
Quality Forum is a 501 (c) 3, private, not-for-profit organization that
received a federal grant in March 2010 to develop and implement a
statewide health information exchange.
What is LaHIE's mission? What is its vision?
MIssion: LaHIE will serve as the neutral entity for facilitating
authorized sharing of health information among stakeholders to improve
the health of Louisiana's citizens.
: LaHIE will establish a framework to safely exchange patient
health information for the purpose of improving patient safety quality
of care and health outcomes.
What are LaHIE's first objectives?
Initial phases will consist of supporting core components of Meaningful
Use objectives that are a part of the federal grant program. These
initial services will include point-to-point electronic delivery of care
summaries through the Nationwide Health Information Network's (NHIN)
Direct Project, public health reporting, electronic laboratory results
delivery and access to an e-prescribing tool.
What about other LaHIE services?
LaHIE will continue to develop in Phases II, III and IV. A list of
additional services that may be offered through LaHIE is currently being
developed and will be available shortly.
What is LaHIE's expected development timeline?
March 2010: LaHIE receives $10.6 million in HIE funding from the Office
of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
February 2011: LaHIE receives ONC approval of the State Plan.
June 2011: Vendor contracted for HIE infrastructure.
Fall 2011: Initial exchange of health information through the HIE in pilot sites.
January 2012 and beyond: LaHIE Phase I services available for providers, development and deployment of additional HIE services.
How can I get involved?
LaHIE provides numerous ways for involvement whether you are a health
care provider, a health industry leader or a concerned consumer. If you
are a provider interested in LaHIE's services, please e-mail Jay
Ducote. If you would like to learn more about ways to get involved with
LaHIE's planning, development and implementation, please e-mail