The HIE market is dynamic and rapidly growing, primarily in the private sector. Production HIOs have shifted their focus on expanding exchange with other locales, service areas and affiliations. This expansion is dependent upon having a unifying trust framework and common set of rules that enable information to flow across boundaries.
The eHealth Exchange provides such a framework, enabling expansion, including the ability to exchange with federal agencies. The eHealth Exchange focuses on two primary segments of the HIE market:
- Organizations who wish to become Exchange Participants (i.e. organizations who either have data or who facilitate the exchange of data, such as health systems, regional, community or state HIOs, governmental agencies, etc.)
- Organizations who offer technology solutions used by Exchange Participants (i.e. where those solutions are tested, deemed “eHealth Exchange Validated” and interoperate across a range of other systems without further customization.)