Accomplishing Interconnectivity of Health Information Exchanges at the National and State Levels
Abstract— Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are becoming more popular in the healthcare sector. This can be attributed to the unfolding benefits of connecting HIEs together, thus fostering the sharing of patient data. There are areas of improvement and this paper aims to interconnect the various existing and future HIEs that are used to capture, transmit, and store electronic health records. This paper aims to accomplish interconnectivity by combining the efforts of Patient Access Number (PAN) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s implementation of the National Crime Information Center. By combining both efforts, each patient will have a unique identifier, i.e. a PAN, which can be used to search for a patient’s health record both on a local/state and national level. This interconnectivity can lead to another step in the Meaningful Use ideology, the sharing of data across HIEs and providers, and can equip healthcare providers with a holistic view of a patient’s medical history.
Index Terms— health information exchanges, HIEs, health information systems, health IS, patient access number (PAN), health information technology, health IT, electronic health records, e-Health
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, USA
South University, USA
Cite: Dalvin Hill, David Devine, "Accomplishing Interconnectivity of Health Information Exchanges at the National and State Levels," Proceedings of 2018 the 8th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, pp. 483-491, Bangkok, 28-30 June, 2018.