Wednesday, June 29, 2011

eHI Releases HIE Toolkit

The eHealth Initiative (eHI) just released the second phase of the third generation of their Health Information Exchange (HIE) Toolkit. The Toolkit an online resource empowers healthcare leaders to better manage the challenges associated with developing, adopting, operating, and sustaining an HIE.

Phase II of the new eHI Toolkit is now online and available to the public. This “primer” addresses the next steps needed for starting an HIE. The goal is to create a sustainable model, be able to work with the technical aspects of connectivity, track progress, and be effective at marketing and promoting HIEs. Phase I published in April addressed developing a governance model, drafting legal and information sharing agreements, protecting patient privacy and much more.

“Phase II of the Toolkit includes essential elements for successful health information exchange,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, Chief Executive Officer of eHI. “Sustainability is an elusive concept, therefore HIEs need to choose the right technical platform and market themselves in order to be sustainable. Phase II offers best practices on how HIEs can meet the demands of the future.”

Go to for more information on the Toolkit.

To further discuss HIEs and many other important timely topics, eHI will present their “2011 National Forum on Health Information Exchange on July 14, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. Specific topics to be covered include HIEs and Meaningful Use, HIEs and ACOs, Health Insurance Exchanges and HIEs, HIEs and the Direct Project, and HIEs and Public Health.

For more details and on how to register for the National Forum, go to or email