We understand – Health Information Exchange is a mouthful. Fortunately, it’s actually quite simple to understand in noun-form.

A Health Information Exchange (HIE) is an entity that manages electronic movement of health-related information.

To make it more clear, we’ve named our Top 9 Expert Definitions of Health Information Exchange to help clear it up further. If you’re a visual learner, you’ll like our “2 Graphics That Explain Healthcare Information Exchange Perfectly.


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#1 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HiMSS)

HIE provides the capability to electronically move clinical information among disparate healthcare information systems, and maintain the meaning of the information being exchanged. http://www.himss.org/library/health-information-exchange


#2 American Medical Association (AMA)

Health information exchanges (HIEs) are entities that bring together health care stakeholders generally within a defined geographic area and govern the electronic sharing of health information among them for the purpose of improving health and care in that community. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/advocacy/topics/digital-health/health-information-exchanges.page


#3 Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC)

Health Information Exchange allows health care professionals and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically. https://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/health-information-exchange/what-hie


#4 Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Health information exchange (HIE) is the electronic movement of health-related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards.  http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/toolbox/RuralHealthITtoolbox/Collaboration/whatishie.html


#5 RCHN Community Health Foundation

Health Information Exchange is the process of sharing health information and a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) is the organization that facilitates the sharing. http://www.rchnfoundation.org/?p=1757

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#6 Minnesota Department of Health

Health information exchange, or HIE, in Minnesota means the electronic transmission of health related information between organizations. http://www.health.state.mn.us/e-health/hie.html


#7 University of Southern Florida – Morsani College of Medicine

Electronic health information exchange (HIE) is improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare by allowing healthcare providers to access and share patient medical information via computer. http://www.usfhealthonline.com/resources/key-concepts/health-information-exchange-hie/#.V36_7LgrJhE


#8 Alliance for Health Reform

Health information exchange is defined as the mobilization of healthcare information digitally across organizations within a region or community. (VERB) http://www.allhealth.org/publications/health_information_technology/health_information_technology_toolkit.asp#hie


#9 Professional Dynamic Network

HIE (Health Information Exchange) refers to the technological network infrastructure, that has the chief purpose of assuring accurate medical information exchange. https://www.pdnseek.com/health-information-exchange-definition-defined-by-experts