Rural Texas Options

Texas counties, primarily in rural areas of the state, not currently served by a local or private HIE still have an option to electronically exchange health-related information.

Under the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program, the THSA established a marketplace of qualified Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) to provide physicians and hospitals in rural Texas the ability to electronically exchange health information with other clinicians in a way that is simple, secure, cost effective, and compliant with federal and state requirements, including HIPAA and EHR meaningful use.

As the State HIE Cooperative Agreement program came to an end in March 2014, the West Texas HIE White Space Advisory Board re-evaluated how they would like to electronically exchange health-related information within their region, across the state, and the rest of the nation.

To aid in this redevelopment, on July 18, 2014, the THSA issued a Request for Applications (RFA) to expand access to robust HIE services in Texas by establishing a funding opportunity to support planning for extending HIE in West Texas counties not currently served by a local HIE. 

The THSA recently announced a partnership with Healthcare Access San Antonio to develop a business and operational plan for the expansion of HIE services under this RFA.