Oklahoma HIEs to Compete for Providers

A new statewide health information exchange in Oklahoma is poised to compete with an existing exchange for providers and prominence, according to a report in The Oklahoman.

The new HIE, Norman-based Coordinated Care Oklahoma, is the new competitor of the existing MyHealth, based in Tulsa. Because federal stimulus funds for HIEs have expired, the two exchanges will rely on subscription fees from providers, making a large member base crucial for the survival of both of the nonprofit organizations.

David Kendrick, CEO of MyHealth, told The Oklahoman two exchanges are one too many. "Think of the exchange like a public utility," he said. "You don't need two exchanges any more than you need two water supply companies."

Brian Yeaman, the chief administrative officer of Coordinated Care Oklahoma, believes the competition will ultimately benefit patients and providers in the state by driving down membership costs and improving data exchange, according to the report.

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