Friday, September 07, 2012 - Broward Health Selected to Join Florida's Health Information Exchange
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Broward Health is among the latest of a select group of healthcare providers to join Florida's Health Information Exchange (HIE). The technology framework will offer participating providers timely and secure access to patient health information.

"We are pleased to continue to have more participants join the exchange and to see increased use of electronic health records," said Liz Dudek, Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). "This effort will ultimately lead to enhancements in patient care through greater coordination among providers."

Seventeen providers are now members of the HIE. In addition to Broward Health, the latest group includes Health First, based in Melbourne, Martin Health System in Stuart and Port St. Lucie, Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and Tampa Bay Regional Health Information Organization, which represents member hospitals in Hillsborough County. The organizations were selected to join the exchange because of their readiness for secured sharing of health information with other participants.

“This is another example of Broward Health leading the way toward meaningful use of our electronic health record,” said Doris Crain, Chief Information Officer for Broward Health. “We are committed to providing the tools to improve patient care within our community.”

The Agency has a contract with Harris Corporation to develop the health information exchange infrastructure that will connect health organizations including physicians, hospitals, regional health information exchanges and state government agencies. Under this contract, 20 health organizations will be brought into the exchange by 2014 assisted by Harris. The final group will be selected from applications submitted by the December 1, 2012 deadline. After July 1, 2014 organizations can continue to join the exchange, but technical assistance will not be available through the state.

Organizations previously selected to join include Tallahassee-based Big Bend Regional Health Information Organization, Pensacola-based Strategic Health Intelligence, LLC, the Florida Division of Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation, Orlando Health, Atlantic Coast HIE in Hollywood, Health Choice Network in Miami, Florida Department of Health, Community Health Centers Alliance, Kindred Healthcare, Health Management Associates, and Shands/University of Florida. In addition, IOS Health Systems will be joining but without Harris technical support.