If a recent Black Book survey of payers, hospitals, and physicians turns out to be true, then the number of public health information exchanges (HIEs) is likely to dwindle in the years ahead.
The annual satisfaction survey of stakeholders reveals that a sizeable majority of public HIEs (83%) will not be able to sustain their operations as federal and state grants dry up. Black Book puts the number of these health information organizations at 220, with nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) expecting less than a dozen will be in business in 2017 barring some strategic changes to their business models.
HIE sustainability has been a topic of debate in healthcare circles, especially among healthcare organizations and providers needing to rely on their services for implementing accountable care models or participating in future phases of meaningful use.
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Source: EHR Intelligence