Content vendor Thomson Reuters has published a white paper outlining 10 best practices for statewide health information exchanges.

Among the recommended best practices:

* HIE planning should focus on defining a meaningful pilot that meets local stakeholder needs,

* Involve physicians and other clinicians at the outset to determine the services most beneficial to them,

* Don't worry about a grand design and perfection; launch something manageable that addresses a clinical need, and

* Adopt an opt-out policy for patient participation, meaning they must expressly decline to have their health information available via an HIE. "While it is vital to protect patient privacy in the HIE, opt-in environments have been shown to impede patient participation. An opt-out environment, by contrast, preserves the rights of the patient without hindering adoption."

The white paper is available at Registration is required.

--Joseph Goedert


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