Arizona Health-e Connection and Health Information Network of Arizona announced their formal affiliation Wednesday.
The two statewide health information technology organizations will operate together but will remain as separate legal entities. The affiliation was approved by their respective boards in November 2013 and finalized last week.
“It's an affiliation and not a merger,” said Ashley Siegel, spokeswoman for Arizona Health-e Connection.
However, Tucson-based Health Information Network of Arizona will gradually move most of its operations to Arizona Health-e Connection's Phoenix headquarters. Plans include hiring additional employees, bringing the staff up to about 20 during the first half of the year, Siegel said.