Indiana has an advantage that few other places have with a mature health information exchange that covers a broad geographical area. The over 350,000 clinical transactions passing through IHIE daily can be used to support direct patient care, while also making sense of the data on a large scale to improve the health of the population at large. High-impact research efforts led by IHIE’s long-time partner and co-founder, the Regenstrief Institute, demonstrate the impact that IHIE’s “living laboratory” can have to provide support to physicians and improve the health and well-being of patients in Indiana.
An added benefit to this process is that the lab data can be used to automatically pre-populate public health case reporting forms. By removing barriers to complete these forms while also providing a mechanism to submit them in a timely fashion, this partnership resulted a dramatic increase in submissions. This increase then resulted in a greater than four-fold detection rate of communicable diseases over traditional physician-based reporting methods.