Mass. State Senator Richard Moore told several hundred participants in the HIMSS HIE Symposium that states will need to untangle what is becoming an increasingly crowded arena. Although Moore praised the health information exchange model as being critical to improved health care quality, a number of issues—including patient privacy--stand in the way of ultimate success.

“Exchanges are being created almost every day,” he said. According to Moore, some 167 health information exchanges are currently functioning in the United States. And they all face some common issues. Chief among them, says Moore, are workforce shortages in personnel qualified to do the technological work needed for health organizations to swap data.

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