In an effort to better connect electronic health records to health information exchanges, the New York eHealth Collaborative’s EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup has formed a strategic relationship with HIMSS and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) to streamline the process for achieving connectivity between EHR and HIE systems.

According to the organizations, the effort affects more than half the U.S. population and their healthcare providers, with the goal of secure sharing of patient data across multiple states and health IT systems. Specifically, the new alliance is designed to strengthen the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup’s current program to test and certify EHRs and HIE vendors to enable reliable transfer of data within and across organizational and state boundaries.

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