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Health Information Exchanges: Get Everyone Onboard
Information Week

Why have health information exchanges turned into such a debacle in the U.S.? At first blush, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that HIEs–organizations that let healthcare providers easily share information–are just a large sandbox with a lot of big egos not willing to play well together. One player in the sandbox, of course, is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which mandates that hospitals and medical practices participate in an HIE in order to obtain Meaningful Use incentive checks. Ignore the mandate and you’ll eventually be penalized.