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The Florida Health Information Exchange has been facilitating the secure exchange of health information through several services between health care providers, hospital systems, and payers.

The Agency for Health Care Administration governs the Florida HIE by setting policy, convening stakeholders, providing oversight, engaging Federal partners, and promoting the benefits of health information technology. Audacious Inquiry contributes innovative technology and strategic insight, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Florida HIE.

The Encounter Notification Service (ENS) provides participating subscribers with timely notice of patients' hospital encounters. This service offers the opportunity for subscribers to better engage in care coordination and ensure that patients receive proper follow-up care.

The Direct Messaging Service (DMS) provides health care organization and providers with a way to securely send health information over the internet. The DMS is Direct Trust accredited allowing exchange within a "trust framework" that extends exchange to over 94,000 health care organizations.

The eHealth Exchange fosters the secure sharing of robust clinical information by establishing common standards and criteria for exchange, and establishing trust among the growing network of participants. Florida participants, through an alliance in partnership with Ai, work together to support best practices, organizational connectivity, and standards development.

The Florida HIE Metrics Dashboard contains information about utilization and adoption.

For more information about the Florida HIE, visit www.florida-hie.net.

This Florida Hospital Encounters Report uses 2016-2017 Florida Center administrative data to display Florida hospital encounter (inpatient discharges and emergency department visits) rates from U.S. residents who do not live in Florida. This report provides information about the frequency of Florida hospital utilization from other states.