Wisconsin state HIE set to go live

Wisconsin, a state with a high percentage of providers using electronic health record systems, is about to launch its statewide health information exchange, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Wisconsin State Health Information Network (WISHIN), a private, nonprofit created with grant money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has received commitments from most of the major health systems in the state. It also will replace a regional HIE network in the Milwaukee area.

That network, the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange, was started in 2008, but opted to shut down and join WISHIN, rather than build two networks in the state and join them together. Patients will be able to choose not to include their data in the state network. Article