In the United States the vast majority of healthcare delivery is highly localized. (1) However, it is routine for important data about patients’ ongoing care to reside in multiple unconnected organizations. SHIEC member HIEs use information technology and trusted relationships in their service areas to enable secure, authorized exchange of patient information among disparate providers. By providing enhanced access to all available and relevant patient data SHIEC HIE members aim to improve the quality, coordination, and cost-effectiveness of health care provided in their communities.
The purpose of the Corporation is devoted to improvement of the common business interests of its members, and specifically include:
- Achieving economies of scale without losing autonomy or compromising the ability of each member to serve local interests and meet local needs;
- Promoting the improvement of business conditions for and the sustainability of health information exchanges;
- Education of public and private entities as to the benefits, functions and roles of health information exchanges in general;
- Attempting to influence legislation germane to the common business interests of the Corporation members; and
- Carrying on other activities which are in furtherance of the purposes described above.