David Kibbe, M.D., CEO at secure messaging vendor DirectTrust, admits his trend forecasts for health information exchange in 2016 are optimistic, but if they come anywhere close to fruition it will be a powerful year of change.

To start, Kibbe sees patients participating more in electronic exchange of health data. “There is very little consumer involvement in HIE now, but I think we’re at a turning point.” He believes patients and other health consumers will become more active participants in electronic exchange of data as patient portals give them greater access to their clinical records and providers continue to accept patient engagement as necessary to attain better health outcomes.

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