Requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and the call for all Americans to have an Electronic Health Record (EHR) by 2014 are furthering efforts to increase health information exchanges. As advancements and efforts continue, Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations are becoming a reality across the country. Technology is transforming the way the health care industry will conduct business in the future.
During this time of transition toward interoperability of electronic health records, Health Information management professionals will be called upon for insight and leadership on issues of privacy, security, and management of health information.
As the EHR, HIEs, and interoperability become an integral part of the national health care industry, share your thoughts about the benefits of technology to healthcare providers and patients. Also discuss the challenges you see for the Health Information Management professional. In addition, explain why genetic information needs to be protected from access to the public and challenges you foresee in protecting genetic information as technology moves us forward.