Florida Health Information Exchange: A Journey to Improving Care through the Exchange of Patient Health Information

Alice Noblin (University of Central Florida, USA), Kelly McLendon (Health Information Xperts, USA), and Steven Shim (Harris IT Services, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 170
EISBN13: 9781466641457|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2671-3.ch010
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Florida began the journey to health information connectivity in 2004 under Governor Jeb Bush. Initially these efforts were funded by grants, but due to the downturn in the economy, the state was unable to support growth in 2008. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided funding to further expand health information exchange efforts across the country. As a result, Florida is now able to move forward and make progress in information sharing. Harris Corporation was contracted to provide some basic services to the health care industry in 2011. However, challenges remain as privacy and security regulations are put in place to protect patients’ information. With two seemingly opposing mandates, sharing the information versus protecting the information, challenges continue to impede progress.
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