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 Should HIEs negotiate an interface rate with EHR vendors?
Should HIEs negotiate an interface rate with EHR vendors? During a recent conference a presenter from the ONC explained how an HIE was able to negotiate a standard interface cost for all participating EHR vendors for no more than 1500.00. This sounds like a great concept that will maintain the interfacing costs down.
ASKED: September 20, 2010  12:08 AM
UPDATED: September 20, 2010  7:43 pm

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I would think so, although I suspect there was more to the story than just the price. Interfaces are hard to maintain and therefore, expensive. If every EHR and lab requires a custom interface, then the cost for the HIE to manage and maintain its side of the connection will be huge in comparison to maintaining and managing a standard interface. Although controlling the upfront cost of each interface is important, the goal needs to be to minimize the number of one-off interfaces. Doing so will lower the long-term, total cost of the interfaces. I would concentrate on negotiating a standard interface that all the vendors must use.
Last Wiki Answer Submitted:  September 20, 2010  7:43 pm  by  Cio67   385 pts.
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