A survey of more than 340 hospitals finds almost 80 percent have or plan to join a health information exchange.

Thirty-two percent of respondent hospitals already are part of an HIE while 47 percent plan to join such an initiative. The primary driver toward HIE is meeting electronic health records meaningful use criteria, cited by 48 percent of respondents. Other reasons include connecting to the community (21 percent), connecting to impatient/ambulatory environments (15 percent), connecting to the state (12 percent) and driving toward accountable care organizations (2 percent).

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