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HIE development depends on solid assessments of the key components
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A comprehensive report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality outlines a six-step process for healthcare provider organizations to evaluate the creation of a heath information exchange and to develop a realistic plan. A key first step in developing an HIT project is selecting and tasking an evaluation team, which has members with expertise to tackle some of the core components of the program. The scope of these team members, and their areas of expertise, is outlined in the following slides.

AHRQ emphasizes that the evaluation team is only the first step in the process. Other steps crucial to making an HIE decision include characterizing the project; assessing the value; developing the evaluation plan; creating the dissemination plan; and utilizing evaluation measures.