Health Informatics Services & Quality

There is an increased focus on using health information to improve quality and contain costs at the national, state, regional and local levels. The Health Informatics Services and Quality team focuses on advancing the use of technology for collection, dissemination and exchange of structured and formatted health data by Medicaid providers to improve health outcomes for clients.

Health Information Exchange In Texas

Health information exchange is the process of electronically moving health information among disparate health care information systems while maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged. The goal of HIE is to facilitate access and retrieval of clinical data to provide safer and more timely, efficient, effective and equitable patient-centered care. HIE is also useful to public health authorities to assist in analyses of the health of the population.

Health information exchange organizations must have the capability to employ nationally recognized standards to enable interoperability, security, confidentiality and to ensure authorization of those who access the information.

Why Health Information Exchange Is Important

The ability to exchange health information electronically is the foundation of efforts to improve health care quality and safety. HIE can provide:

  • The connecting point for an organized, standardized process of data exchange across statewide, regional and local initiatives
  • The means to reduce duplication of services (resulting in lower health care costs)
  • The means to reduce operational costs by automating many administrative tasks
  • Governance and management of the data exchange process

Health Information Exchange Benefits: A Few Examples

  • Provides a vehicle for improving quality and safety of patient care
  • Provides a basic level of interoperability among electronic health records maintained by individual physicians and organizations
  • Stimulates consumer education and patients' involvement in their own health care
  • Helps public health officials meet their commitment to the community
  • Creates a potential loop for feedback between health-related research and actual practice
  • Facilitates efficient deployment of emerging technology and health care services
  • Provides the backbone of technical infrastructure for leverage by national and state-level initiatives