Health Information Partnership for Tennessee, the entity responsible for building a statewide health information exchange, is shutting down after the state cancelled its contract in June.

The Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives has decided to forgo the HIE and encourage use of the federally developed Direct Project protocols for secure messaging of health information, says Keith Cox, CEO of Health Information Partnership. The Office of eHealth received $11 million in federal stimulus funds for a state HIE and distributed money to the partnership.

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