Maine to launch its HIE

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Providers in Maine plan to roll out a large-scale, two-year demonstration of a statewide health information exchange (HIE), funded with more than $4 million from foundations, provider organizations, and state and federal government agencies.

The HealthInfoNet network will start with four delivery systems comprising 14 hospitals and affiliated physicians. Also participating will be a large independent primary care practice, an independent rural “safety net” hospital and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 2,000 physicians will participate in the demonstration project. Participating physicians and hospitals account for more than half of the state’s annual inpatient admissions and 40 percent of outpatient visits. The goal is to expand the network statewide following the demonstration to serve Maine’s 1.3 million residents.

Salt Lake City-based 3M Health Information Systems will supply the clinical data repository, master patient index and data dictionary applications for the network and Orion Health of Santa Monica, Calif., will provide an integration engine, web portal and a library of customizable templates.