How state laws affect health information sharing practices

Specialist researcher holding microscope slide analyzing blood sample working at coronavirus vaccine development during virus examination in microbiology hospital laboratory. Biochemistry experiment

Recent increases in the use of health information technology (health IT) and electronic health records (EHR) provide avenues to untapped potential for improving health care productivity and efficiency. Health information exchanges, or HIEs, store health information so that patient care can be tracked even when it spans multiple health care providers. However, despite the promising nature of the rapidly growing amount of digital health information, health information sharing has had little effect on health care to date.

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