Electronic health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically—improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care.
Secure and timely sharing of patient information can better inform decision-making at the point of care and allows providers to:
- Avoid readmissions
- Avoid medication errors
- Improve diagnoses
- Improve care quality
- Decrease duplicate testing
“Health Information Exchange” can also depict the type of organizations that facilitate data exchange through technology and services. NCHIIN is Humboldt County’s HIE. NCHIIN connects providers using technology, while maintaining patient privacy and data security, to improve the health of community members.