We are living in an age of miracles when it comes to medical science. Modern healthcare professionals have a wealth of tools at their disposal to help patients recover from diseases that were once almost always fatal and improve the quality of life for many more individuals. As technology advances, we are all becoming more closely connected, including physicians and other healthcare providers.
Over the past few years, some big changes have been taking place in the way that healthcare providers communicate with each other. The Health Information Exchange (HIE) lets doctors and support staff quickly and accurately obtain a patient’s medical history, empowering them to make the best possible decisions for a patient based on all available information.
Dr. Andrew Hein is the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer and Associate Medical Officer for Central Florida Health Care in Winter Haven. He has been closely following the development of the HIE.
Currently, the term “Health Information Exchange” is used in a broad sense, encompassing many different platforms and methods of sharing information within the medical community.
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