A Guide to Planning a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Executive Summary

This article aims to give organizations a guide for developing and implementing a Health Information Exchange (HIE) based on examples of important specifications and documents used by established programs.    

When building an HIE certain deliverables must be met as an organization moves forward with the process. This includes the development of each part of the HIE from the bottom up. 


What is HIE?

HIE allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient's vital medical information electronically. This improves the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care. Further details and information about the different types of HIE can be found here.


Components of an HIE


Consent Registry


Target Operating Model


Risk Assessment 




Competitive Dialogue




Beyond the Specifications