Understanding HIE - Testimonials

By helping build a statewide network of local networks, the Texas Health Services Authority is making Texas a national leader in the electronic exchange of health information. See what health care leaders from across the state say about the HIETexas approach to health information exchange.

Thought Leader Interviews

The Texas healthcare community understands that health information exchange (HIE) has a significant impact on patients and providers. They see first-hand the efficiencies, cost savings and improved outcomes by sharing electronic health information. Click on the videos below to view their responses the following questions:

How does HIE benefit Texans?

Andrew Lombardo
Executive Director,
Rio Grande Valley HIE

What is the Texas approach to HIE?

Tony Gilman
Chief Executive Officer,
Texas Health Services Authority

How are physicians empowered
by HIE?

Shannon Calhoun
Executive Director,
Southeast Texas Health System

How are patients impacted by HIE?

Nora Belcher
Executive Director,
Texas e-Health Alliance

How does HIE help physicians provide better care to patients?

Matt Murray, M.D.
Cook Children's Medical Center

Why is HIE implementation so important in the state of Texas?

Billy Phillips, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Executive Vice President & Director,
Rural and Community Health,
West Texas Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

How does HIE help emergency medical responders provide
better care?

Andy Hofmeister
Austin-Travis County EMS

What is the impact of HIE on counties and cities in Texas?

Mary Faith Sterk, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Director of Data, Reporting and
Information Management,
Williamson County and Cities
Health District

How is the oversight for the HIE program structured in Texas?

Stephen Palmer
Former Director of the Office of E-Health Coordination for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission,
Former Texas State Health IT Coordinator

How are the privacy preferences of patients protected?

Deborah Peel
Founder and Chair,
Patient Privacy Rights

Why should hospitals participate
in HIE?

John Hawkins
Senior Vice President,
Government Relations,
Texas Hospital Association

What is the value of connecting patients and providers
through HIE?

Hank Fanberg
Technology Advocacy and Innovation
for CHRISTUS Health

How are local HIEs across Texas leading the way?

Gijs VanOort, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
and Executive Director,
Healthcare Access San Antonio

How can HIEs save lives in an emergency?

Shkelzen Hoxhaj, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Chief of Emergency Medicine,
Baylor College of Medicine

How do HIEs empower patients to take control of their own health?

Michael K. Jhin
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus,
St. Luke's Episcopal Health System

How do first responders utilize HIE to continually improve delivery
of care?

Chris Souders
Associate Medical Director,
Houston Fire Department

How does HIE work to connect providers with patient data?

James Langabeer, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Professor of Emergency Medicine
and Clinical Informatics,
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

How is Texas implementing health information exchange?

Darren Rogers
Senior Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer,
Health Care Service Corporation

Board Member Interviews

THSA board members have extensive knowledge of electronic health records and the use of technology to utilize those records and improve healthcare. They understand and help promote the value of health information exchange (HIE) and its impact on Texas. Click on the videos below to view their responses to the following questions:

How is Texas approaching HIE?

William Phillips, Jr.
Chief Information Officer,
University Health System

What are the key benefits in having electronic health records available through an HIE?

Fred Buckwald
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs,
Community Health Choice

Why should all Texans care about the value of HIE?

Edward Marx
Chief Information Officer,
Texas Health Resources

Why is it important that HIEs have a strong focus on the patient?

Jennifer Rangell
Locke, Lord, Bissell and Liddell LLP

How do HIEs affect quality of care and contribute to efficiencies?

James Martin
Co-owner of Martin and Martin MMC LLC

How do HIEs impact Texas on both an individual level and throughout the community?

Judy Powell
Former Chair of the Texas State
Board of Professional Counselors

How is the groundwork being built for HIE in Texas?

Matthew Hamlin
Regional Vice President,
Quest Diagnostics

How does HIE help physicians improve quality of care and provide better health outcomes?

David Fleeger, M.D.
Central Texas Colon & Rectal Surgeons