Health information exchange might be a challenge for some providers, but it’s become less of an issue for members of the Northern California HIE Collaborative. Between 2013 and 2015, clinical summary exchange volume increased by 1,349 percent across 11 healthcare organizations that belong to the collaborative.

That’s the finding of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, which examined the relationship between electronic exchange of patient health information across organizations and organizational HIE policy decisions. It is the first large-scale empirical study to examine local HIE organizational policy decisions in a diverse group of health systems and to assess their impact on the volume of information exchange, its authors say.

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