State health information exchanges in West Virginia and Florida have taken steps to get their HIEs operational.

The West Virginia Health Information Network will use the HIE Advantage product of Thomson Reuters as its technology platform. The vendor has private-labeled the HIEBus software of CareEvolution Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., and augmented it with data analytics and reporting software.

The Florida Health Information Exchange has gone live with secure messaging software that conforms to the federal Direct Project standards. The go-live is the first milestone for HIE contractor Harris Corp. under a four-year, $19 million contract with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced last December. Harris expects to launch a patient look-up service this fall.

The Florida agency in July announced its first three HIE participants: Big Bend Regional Health Information Organization in Tallahassee, Pensacola-based Strategic Health Intelligence, and the Florida division of Adventist Health System Sunbelt Health Care Corp. The agency expects to link 20 more organizations to the HIE by 2014.


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