Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) provide the capability to electronically transfer clinical information between healthcare systems to facilitate a more coordinated and efficient patient care. The HITECH Act has stimulated development of HIEs through awarding incentive funding to aid healthcare providers meet meaningful use regulations of interoperative EHRs. As of 2012, eHealth Initiative (eHI) has identified over 230 HIEs spanning from multi-state, single state, counties, cities and even single health systems. The following infographic summarizes the challenges, a snapshot of HIE current status, and components of successful HIEs.
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