Many tools have been proposed to correct the ills of the health care system, but there is likely no single solution. The electronic exchange of health information is integral to any health care transformation, both because of its potential to improve efficiency and quality and as a tool for monitoring system performance.
Sustainability remains the top issue of concern as states continue to develop their health information exchange capabilities. Given the states’ current financial challenges, it is important for states to implement a cost-effective and sustainable health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure. A recent report commissioned by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the State Alliance for e Health addresses how health information organizations can create and deliver value to achieve long-term sustainability.