Louisiana's statewide health information exchange, known as LaHIE, was launched last week by the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum during the state conference of the Louisiana chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Louisiana launches health info exchange
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Orion Health will be the technology provider for the exchange. In 2010, the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, a private, not-for-profit organization, received a grant of more than $10.5 million to develop and implement a health information exchange. More than $547.7 million in federal grant money was distributed among 56 states, territories and qualified "state-designated entities" to work on health information exchanges. In addition, $16.3 million was distributed to eight states in the form of "challenge grants."
The exchange is being piloted in the state's southwest Acadiana region and will allow for the secure exchange of health data between authorized providers, according to an Orion news release.
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