234138 Developing Sustainable Health Information Exchanges

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Herman D. Tolentino, MD , Adjunct Associate, School of Public health, Health Policy and Administration, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Edward Mensah, PhD , Public Health Informatics Program-Health Policy and Administration Division, University of Illinois @ Chicago, Chicago, IL
The medical and public health benefits of the investment in HIT cannot be achieved without the optimal adoption of electronic medical records and the implementation of Health Information Exchanges (HIE). While Health Information Exchanges generate value to various stakeholder, the implementation of sustainable HIEs is a major challenge facing most states in these difficult budgetary times. Sustainability depends on the rate of adoption of the HIEs, the ability to demonstrate value to the disparate stakeholders and secure continuous funding from the payers and other third parties such as foundations. Technical challenges and privacy concerns as well as the lack of alignment of the interests of the stakeholders also pose major challenges to the implementation of sustainable Health Information Exchanges. Public health informaticians possess the competencies needed to develop and implement sustainable HIEs.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics

Learning Objectives:
Identify factors that influence the adoption rates of electronic medical records and Health Information Exchanges. Describe the sources of value creation of Health Information Exchanges and the importance of aligning the interests of the stakeholders. Discuss the major challenges to the implementation of sustainable Health Information Exchanges.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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