The State Health Information Exchange (HIE) planning and design project was an important step in advancing the Tennessee eHealth strategic, operational plan, and the State and Federal governments' health information technology (HIT) goals. The project was designed to plan and design a HIE business architecture and underlying governance structure, and a statewide technical architecture for HIE. Since a significant amount of incentive funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is directed at providers' adoption and use of certified EHRs that are connected in a way that provides for the electronic exchange of health information, moving forward with this project has become even more essential and immediate.
The Office of e-Health Initiatives has submitted the State of Tennessee's HIE plan to the Office of National Coordinator in applying for grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to advance HIE in the state through HIT. The goal of the strategic plan is to drive improvements in health care outcomes through coordinated statewide HIT that will enable vital, secure, decision-ready information to be available to clinicians at the point-of-care and benefit public health in general. These documents describe Tennessee’s plan to increase the adoption and use of health information technology and health information services among health care providers.