February 21, 2014 — By 

This week, a group of sixteen health information organizations (HIOs) announced plans to band together to advance a mutual goal.

According to a joint announcement, the organizations will work together to “address data exchange challenges across regional and state lines.”

One of the group’s primary goals is to advocate for more robust forms of health information exchange (HIE), such as query-based HIE, and ensure that health information appropriately follows patients that require health care services outside of their home town or home state.

Founding members of the Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations include:

  1. Colorado Regional Health Information Organization
  2. Community Health Information Collaborative (Minnesota)
  3. Coordinated Care Oklahoma
  4. Health Information Network Of Arizona
  5. HealthShare, Montana, Inc.
  6. Idaho Health Data Exchange
  7. Iowa Health Information Network
  8. Kansas Health Information Network, Inc.
  9. Missouri Health Connection
  10. MyHealth Access Network, Inc. (Oklahoma)
  11. Nebraska Health Information Initiative
  12. North Dakota Health Information Network
  13. Quality Health Network (Colorado)
  14. South Dakota Health Link at DOH
  15. Southeast Texas Health System
  16. SMRTNET (Oklahoma)

We’re told the group is also advocating for the unique needs of rural areas related to health information technology and HIE.

“All members signed a charter indicating their willingness to collaborate on issues that are challenging health information exchange across the nation,” says Laura McCrary, Ed.D., executive director of the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN).


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