HealthIT.gov Publishes Ai Research on Health Information Exchange Marketplace

January 17th, 2013 – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the federal office charged with modernizing U.S. healthcare through the adoption of interoperable health IT, today published a number of groundbreaking reports on the present and future state of the health information exchange (HIE) marketplace, Audacious Inquiry (Ai) announced today. Ai, an innovative management and technology consulting firm, developed the reports over the course of the last year while under contract to ONC.

Five new reports are now published on ONC’s State Health Information Exchange Research site. Each provides background information on core concepts of HIE, analyses of key challenges and opportunities, and rich appendices, including up-to-date case studies and vendor descriptions. These reports will support ONC and its grantees as the State HIE Program begins to focus increasingly on enhanced functionality and sustainability of health information exchange organizations.
“As long-time implementers of HIE solutions in the field, we are pleased to provide our perspective with the policy makers who oversee so many important initiatives across the country,” said Christopher Brandt, AI’s managing partner.
Ai holds deep experience implementing HIEs on the ground, serving in program and technical roles on ONC grantee HIE projects in Maryland and Florida.  Ai’s work also includes expertise in master patient indexing as a core component of HIEs and implementing HIE technology within hospital systems and other private sector networks.
Ai recently was awarded a new contract to continue to support ONC with expert research on technical and business-related HIE issues. Under its GSA IT Schedule 70, Ai was also recently awarded a Bulk Purchasing Agreement with ONC to support the activities of the Office of Standards and Interoperability and the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer.
About Audacious Inquiry
Audacious Inquiry is a management and technology consulting firm with domain expertise in health information systems, web application development and analytical services. The company works in partnership with client organizations, including healthcare provider organizations, businesses, non-profit associations, and government organizations to maximize positive outcomes and minimize the risks of the practical application of information technology. The company is based at bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, in Baltimore, Maryland. To learn more about AI, please visit www.ainq.com.
About bwtech@UMBC
bwtech@UMBC (http://www.bwtechumbc.com) is a 71-acre research and technology community at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). It comprises the Incubator and Accelerator, home to over 30 early-stage technology and life science companies, and the Research Park, with a capacity of 350,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. bwtech@UMBC offers collaboration with university faculty and students, and enjoys a strategic and convenient location, close to downtown Baltimore, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Washington, D.C. bwtech’s annual economic impact on the state is estimated to be over $300 million.