Monday, October 6, 2014

CORHIO's Morgan Honea: IT spending no small undertaking for providers

At a Health IT Policy Committee governance subgroup meeting in mid-August, Carl Dvorak, president of Verona, Wisconsin-based EHR vendor Epic said that at least one factor limiting health data exchange is that many health information exchanges nationwide force participants to pay full and exorbitant fees for participation, even in the case of providers using individual services such as access to public health and immunization registries.

Morgan Honea, executive director for the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, 
took issue with what he saw as generalizations by Dvorak, calling them "unfair." CORHIO is a nonprofit health information exchange that electronically connects providers throughout the state. 

Honea talks about Dvorak's claims, as well as his own thoughts on interoperability challenges, in an interview posted recently in which he also talks about the high cost of information technology implementation for providers.

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