Report: Health information exchanges 'critical' to healthcare integration

Health information exchanges (HIEs) are "critical" to healthcare integration and will help healthcare be more affordable and accountable, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

HIEs are expected to go beyond mere workflow aids and will be a "key technological driver" of new healthcare models, according to the report. The changes are expected to have far reaching consequences, especially in population health management and predictive analytics.

There still are concerns, however, regarding the lack of interoperability and compatibility of electronic health records, which may hinder HIE integration, the report says. Announcement