Connecticut’s First Statewide Health Information Exchange
A $12.2 million grant has been given to the State of Connecticut for a statewide health information exchange that will hopefully produce a solution since the past effort failed. The objective is to design a secure, modern HIE to facilitate sharing of health data to increase the quality of care provided to patients, optimize efficiency and cut high health care costs. Here we see a common issue with strategically aligning IT infrastructure with the objectives of a particular organization. If the organization’s IT is not properly matched to the organization’s strategy, it will result in inefficient business and lack of revenues. In this case, health care consumers suffer tremendously from the high costs of health care due to poor administrative practices that are inefficient and improperly aligned with the organization. With the creation of the first statewide HIE for Connecticut, hopefully we will see a decrease in the costs of healthcare for its constituents once the builders can properly align organization information systems with their business strategy, streamlining and improving efficiency among their IT and operations, thus marking precedent for other states to follow.