Health Information Exchange

Florida Health Information Exchange / Agency For Healthcare Administration

For the past three years, the state Agency for Healthcare Administration has been building a system providers can use to share electronic health records. Now, the state system, called the Health Information Exchange, has linked up with a national group to allow Florida physicians to share documents across stat lines and with federal and non-federal agencies.

There are two competing electronic medical record systems in Florida—one run by private healthcare providers, and the other, by the state. Lynn Hatter reports both systems are being driven by a federal effort to control healthcare costs and improve patient care.