Over the past year, Canadian and international eHealth leaders have collaborated with Canada Health Infoway on a model for Health Information Networks (HINs). While the term health information exchange is focused on capabilities relating to interoperability, HIN expands on this as it refers to an organization (or group of organizations) that offers a broader set of services. This includes business and clinical process management relating to the end-to-end coordination of care across the health care continuum, as well as analytics that can leverage relevant information to support care delivery.
"One of the key outputs of this work has been the development of a Capability Maturity Model for HINs", shared Infoway CTO Dennis Giokas. "This model can be used to assess current state of maturity as well as determine the necessary future level of maturity based on business objectives."
Moving forward, the Infoway team looks forward to working with organizations on applying the Capability Maturity Model to perform assessments of their current state as Health Information Networks. For more information on how this work will help to identify future state requirements and inform action plans for further development, please view the introductory webinar available on video here.
For those interested in participating in this effort, please join the Health Information Network/Exchange (HIN/HIE) Best Practices Community on InfoCentral and take part in the discussion.