SPOTLIGHT: Wisconsin governor creates statewide HIE

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle this week signed into law a bill establishing a statewide network for health information exchange. The bill puts into use $9.4 million in HIE money the state received from the federal government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and each state is required to create an entity to oversee the allocation of such funding. "If someone from La Crosse gets sick in Milwaukee, they should be able to access all of their own personal medical information electronically," Doyle said in prepared remarks. "Without it, doctors have to run tests that have already been done, raising both the costs and possibility of errors." FierceEMR