What is HIETexas?

Welcome to HIETexas, your source of information about health information exchange (HIE) in Texas.

If you are seeking basic information about HIE in Texas; are a patient or a physician, hospital, or other health care provider seeking to learn more about HIE and how it affects you; or are already involved in HIE and are seeking resources for additional information on national, statewide, and local community-based efforts to improve health care through HIE, HIETexas is designed for you.

Electronic health information exchange, or "HIE", is the secure electronic exchange of health-related information between treating physicians, hospitals, health care payers, and other health care providers involved in the care of the patient.

The purpose of HIE is to use health information technology to support improvement in the quality, efficiency and safety of health care by improving access by health care providers to their patients' health information as necessary to ensure that the patient receives the right care, from the right health care providers, at the right time.

If you are a patient or other health care consumer, or a physician, hospital, or other health care provider, or a health care payer, you have an opportunity to be involved in and benefit from electronic health information exchange (HIE) in Texas.

  • For more information on HIE for patients, click here.
  • For more information on Texas HIE for health care providers, click here.

HIE also involves exchange partners, including local and private HIEs, and others who provide or are preparing to provide secure messaging or more robust HIE services for health care providers across the state. It also includes state government leaders, including the legislature and the executive branch, who provide public policy leadership; state agencies engaged in the promotion of public health and HIE oversight; and the THSA, which works with stakeholders to provide governance, infrastructure and policy development coordination and oversight. All of these organizations working together comprise the framework for health information exchange in Texas.