HIMSS September 22, 2020
David Horrocks, President, CRISP and John Kansky, President, Indiana Health Information Exchange; HIMSS Members

Health information exchanges (HIEs) are scrambling to respond to COVID-19, as are all parts of the healthcare delivery system. Many have proven to be ready and invaluable assets, but significant variation among the states’ exchanges means that some are more prepared to assist than others.

The most capable exchanges are quickly deploying toolsets and sharing data streams that are greatly valued by their state’s public health departments and healthcare leaders. These successful models should be adopted across the country and scaled up to improve disease surveillance, shared reporting and care team engagement, but it will require changes to the way many are organized and operated.

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