Southeast Regional HIT-HIE Collaboration (SERCH): Final report. ONC State Health Policy Consortium Project
Health information technology (health IT) and health information exchange (HIE) hold great promise for improving health and health care. The passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (The Recovery Act), and with it the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009, provided funding for a wide range of programs and activities designed to accelerate the adoption of health IT and the implementation of HIE. Among these are the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program (State HIE Program) and the State Health Policy Consortium (SHPC). The State HIE Program has provided over $547 million in grant support to States and/or State-Designated Entities (collectively referred to in this report as the State HIEs) to establish HIE capacity among health care providers and hospitals, while SHPC supports multistate initiatives to develop solutions to policy challenges specific to interstate HIE. Both initiatives are funded and led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).