HIEs are still struggling to take root and make a meaningful impact across the country. It’s as if they are still trying to figure out their identity and their purpose for being. WellPoint and Blue Shield of California have announced an $80 million dollar partnership to start an HIE in California for the benefit of providers, payers, and patients. This hub is to contain de-identified claims and EHR data for the purposes of research as well as at the point of care. (The latter has been a struggle for HIEs partly because most EHRs do not have a common shared format).
Will this provide the HIEs w/a much-needed boost and direction? Will this be the model for other HIEs to finally coalesce in its place within healthcare?