HIE-HIT Collaboration Group Advises ONC on Health IT Disaster Responses

The Southeast Regional HIT-HIE Collaboration has issued a report (pdf) to HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health to improve the sharing of electronic health records among health information exchanges during disasters.

The Southeast Regional HIT-HIE Collaboration is an initiative that began in 2010 to develop a strategic plan for sharing health information data among states in the Southeast and Gulf regions during and after a disaster. The group is known as SERCH.

The report offers five recommendations for state HIEs and their operations during and after a disaster:

• Understand a state's disaster-response policies and align with the state's emergency support agency before a disaster occurs.

• Develop standard procedures and get relevant approval to share electronic records before a disaster occurs.

• Consider enacting a memorandum of understanding that offers a limitation on liability for wrongful release of records during a disaster.

• Assess the state's availability of health information sources and the ability to share information electronically.

• Consider a phased approach to creating interstate electronic health information-sharing capabilities.

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