Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers Engaged in Health Information Exchange: Final Report. HealthInfoNet® Health Information Exchange Network

10/29/2013

As noted above, HIT and HIE provides an infrastructure for the Bangor Beacon Community (and Pioneer ACO) to meet its goals -- the ability to exchange information is instrumental for improving care coordination. At the heart of the technical infrastructure of the Bangor Beacon Community (Figure J-3) is the HIN.9 HIN is an independent, non-profit organization that was established as the HIE for the State of Maine in 2006.

HIN has been operational exchanging clinical data since June 2009. In 2010, they received grant funding to expand the technology infrastructure including a state HIE Collaborative Grant, an ONC REC grant (HIN is the REC), and the Beacon Community grant. Today HIN is funded by many sources including charitable foundations, subscription fees from Maine health care providers, and the state and Federal Government.10 EMHS was a founding member of HIN and also served as the beta site for the interoperability demonstration project. HIN is one of only a few HIEs in the country that was operational prior to 2010 before the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.11


  1. See http://www.hinfonet.org/.

  2. See http://www.hinfonet.org/about-us.

  3. 2012 Annual Report Bangor Beacon Community.

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