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Connected Community: Moving From Competition to CollaborationJersey Health Connect

Levin-Epstein, Michael

doi: 10.1097/JCE.0b013e31826e8959
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The basic concept of health information exchanges (HIEs) flies in the face of the entrenched model of healthcare within a community–proposing that patient information be available and accessible for all those along the continuum of care rather than enclosed in the silo of an individual practice or hospital. HIEs ask for collaboration rather than competition, cooperation rather than opposition. HIEs elevate the patient to the priority position and attempt to bring all healthcare providers within a community, region or state together in the belief that the new model makes care better.In spite of this reality, HIEs have and will continue to be successful in transforming the data management and exchange components of healthcare delivery.When key partners in the development of an HIE understand and acknowledge from the start that they must engage once-competing groups as collaborators, the road is smoother. Jersey Health Connect (JHC) is one HIE that has worked through the ups and downs of development and reached a point of some maturity in the growing world of HIEs. Utilizing federal and state funding, JHC was an early-stage player and one of the state’s first HIEs.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.