Iowa e-Health is a public and private collaboration that seeks to improve health care quality, safety and efficiency through the use of health information technology (HIT). This includes electronic health records (EHRs) to collect and store patient health information, and a statewide health information exchange (HIE) to share health records across the boundaries of individual care settings. The current effort included five health provider settings, home health, long-term care, pharmacies, laboratories, and radiology centers. This summary presents information about all five assessments. The assessments gathered information about a range of HIT topics including, provider HIT capabilities and preparedness to participate in a statewide HIE; preferences for types of high-value clinical data exchange or HIE services; and benefits and barriers to HIT adoption.
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