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HIE Benefits

The Tennessee Health Information Exchange (HIE) will make it easier for your participating doctors to obtain and share your vital health information. So, they’ll get it faster…….. And it will be more complete.

Electronic health records make it possible for you and your doctors to better manage your care through secure use and sharing of health information. With electronic health records, doctors can have:

  • More accurate and complete information about your health and health care, enabling them to provide you with the best possible care.
  • The ability to better coordinate your care and your family’s care, as health information can be shared electronically and in a fast and convenient way.
  • Information to help them diagnose your health problems, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care at lower costs.

Electronic health records also allow you to experience more convenient care. For example, you won’t likely have to spend time filling out or answering the same questions about your health every time you visit the doctor or hospital, and you will be notified when you or your child needs preventive care such as vaccinations.

  • Improved Safety and Quality
    • Access to information about care you receive gives your health care providers a better, more complete picture of your health. Instead of having to remember your medical history, including the details of the medications you take, health information exchange will make that available for your health care providers who participate in the HIE.
  • Available in Emergency
    • If you are in an accident and are unable to explain your medical history to health care providers, they can find the information about your medications, recent procedures, health issues, and tests from your providers who participate in the HIE. This will help them make informed decisions faster.
  • Tracking for Protection
    • When your health information is shared electronically, information about access to your record is stored electronically. This can include the identity of those who reviewed your record, and the reason your record was accessed. This tracking is more advanced and accurate than the way in which paper medical records are tracked.
  • Reduced Duplication
    • Health care providers will be able to view available tests you've recently had done, as well as the results of those tests. Because of that access, those tests may not need to be repeated.
  • Population Health
    • HIE is useful to Public Health authorities to assist in the tracking and analyses of the health of the population.
  • Facilitate Continuity of Care
    • HIE systems facilitate physicians and clinicians meeting high standards of patient care through electronic participation in a patient's continuity of care with multiple providers.
  • Secondary health care provider benefits include reduced expenses associated with:
    • Duplicate tests; time involved in recovering missing patient information; paper, ink and associated office machinery; manual printing, scanning and faxing of documents; the physical mailing of entire patient charts; and manual phone communication to verify delivery of traditional communications, referrals and test results.