A practical, step-by-step approach to forming an HIE in your state, region or community! Health Information Exchange is an essential enabler that, when properly implemented, will improve the overall efficiency of the healthcare delivery process, lead directly to improved patient outcomes and be a significant influence on lowering the high costs currently associated with delivering healthcare. This book provides a practical, step-by-step approach to forming an HIE in your state, region or community. Based on extensive research and the authors' own direct experiences as HIE consultants, this book describes a structured approach to forming an HIE, one that incorporates leading practices that have helped other organizations as they journeyed through the planning and formation stages and then moved on to successful operations. The book includes a high-level overview of HIE, followed by a brief discussion of why it is so important. It then describes the essential steps involved in planning and forming an HIE. The book also includes examples, checklists and resources. 2011.