HIE and health information technology (HIT) provide the tools to improve care and reduce cost. Using technology will help you be more informed about your own health and take personal responsibility for your healthcare.
Presently, There are at least 234 active initiatives involved in health information exchange; the earliest HIE efforts date back to the 1990's. (source - eHealth Initiative's Seventh Annual Survey of Health Information Exchange. 2010)
Going forward the Obama Administration has embraced the original executive order issued by President Bush in 2004, establishing the goal that most Americans will have an electronic health record (EHR) by 2014.
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