Ways of Maintaining Health Information Exchange.
Health care services providers have started to embrace health information exchange and increasing its popularity in the process. The increased popularity could be accelerated by the support by the federal government with the interest to improve the quality and safety of health care. Health services providers can also choose health information exchange over the traditional use of paper work because it is highly efficient. Some of the patient’s medical information is very confidential and storing it on paper can affect its confidentiality. All the players in the medical field from the patients to the health services providers and the government benefit from health information exchange systems but they have to deal with the difficult task of sustaining it.
Reducing the complexity of health information systems makes it easier to maintain them. Health information exchange system should be allowed to develop slowly with time instead of forcing it to incorporate everything from the start. Trying to force health information exchange to do everything we need very fast can make it collapse before reaching its full potential. Health information exchange can serve you better if you first incorporate few functions to it and then monitor regularly. After monitoring it for some time, you can determine whether to add some function to it or not.
It is advisable to have a proper forecast of the cost of operating a health information exchange system as well as the cost of developing it. The amount of money used to keep the health information exchange system running should not be more than the revenue collected. A facility that strives to develop a health information exchange system that contains a lot of features from the start will be overburdened by financial strains making it difficult to implement the system. It is therefore important to keep the system simple to keep the maintenance cost low.
The sustainability of a health information exchange system is enhanced by keeping the patients privacy into consideration. A breach in the patient health information can affect the health service provider by making them loose public trust. Medical facilities can face loses if patients choose to take legal action because of health information leaks. It is very important to give security in HIE a first priority to avoid its collapse due to loss of important information or its exposure to the general public.
Starting with a federated model is also another way of improving the sustainability of health information exchange. A federation model can perform as a foundation to the HIE system. The model will be simply and easily implemented to keep down the startup costs. Sustainability of health information exchange system is higher in facilities that have used the federated model first.