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Congressional Leaders Can Look to Indiana for Innovative Approach to Health IT in Economic Stimulus Package
Date:1/28/2009

needed, regardless of the hospital system or location.

IHIE was launched five years ago by Indiana's major healthcare providers, payors, physicians, public health officials, and business and community leaders and builds on Regenstrief's legacy of developing and promoting health information standards and the use of health information technology to improve care.

Of the $20 to $23 billion that has been included in the most recent form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for health IT, $2 to $5 billion has been called upon to invest in health information technology architecture to support the nationwide electronic exchange of health information, which includes health information exchange. The Indiana Health Information Exchange provides the country's best working model of such an architecture.

As the country's epicenter of health IT, Indiana is well-positioned to advance other health IT components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including workforce training, research, data programming, aggregation and analytical tools. All these components are necessary for any new national system to succeed.

In Indianapolis, the most health IT wired city in the nation, the local HIE saves $26 per emergency department visit by eliminating duplicate tests and other unnecessary activities. The HIE serves not only the health of individual patients but also establishes a reliable base of quality and actionable information that allows physicians to deliver optimal therapies and alert doctors and their patients to potential drug interactions.

In addition to providing health information in near real-time where and when needed for patient care (to emergency departments, outpatient centers and ambulatory practices), the system provides preventive health and chronic disease management efforts in the state. Through this, IHIE is able to address the issues of i
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