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8 Health Information Exchanges Lead The Way

Look inside some of the most established HIEs and how they help U.S. health organizations share data, in the name of lower costs and better patient care.
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Like Indiana's HIE, the New England Health Exchange Network has a long history. NEHEN was launched in the late 1990s by a group of New England healthcare organizations to share data with payers in an effort to streamline administrative transactions, including insurance eligibility checks. In recent years, NEHEN has been extending its services to support clinical data exchange. In 2009, NEHEN strengthened that strategy by acquiring MA-Share, which was an initiative of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium to help New England healthcare providers share clinical data.

Among the services offered by NEHEN is NEHENClinical, a set of software tools that allow health information systems, including EMRs, to send and receive clinical information with other providers and payers. Built on a flexible framework, NEHENClinical can accept any clinical transaction that uses the HL7 2.5.1 or Continuity of Care Document (CCD) specification, route it securely and reliably, and deliver it to another exchange partner, including providers, payers, and government agenies. NEHEN members have open access to NEHEN's underlying database and transaction routing engine so that participating organzations can integrate the tools into the rest of their health information technology workflow and architecture.

NEHEN uses a tiered subscription model based on organization size. NEHEN has "no grant funding, we are a member-funded, member-directed organization," said Sira Cormier, NEHEN program director.

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