Future Sustainability of the Florida Health Information Exchange

Alice M. Noblin (Department of Health Management & Informatics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA) and Kendall Cortelyou-Ward (Department of Health Management & Informatics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 46
EISBN13: 9781466661127|DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2013070103
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Abstract

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 (ARRA) of 2009 provided funding to further expand health information exchange efforts across the country. As a result, Florida was 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. Since then, the Florida HIE has begun to take shape and information sharing is occurring. The ARRA funding will end in 2014 and the Florida HIE must have a plan to survive into the future. This plan must address challenges such as the recruitment of new users, integration of new services, and ultimately long term sustainability.
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