MN HIE Study

Minnesota Health Information Exchange Study

The 2016 Minnesota Legislature requested a study to assess Minnesota's legal, financial, and regulatory framework for health information exchange (HIE). This includes the requirements of the Minnesota Health Records Act, and to make recommendations for modifications that would strengthen the ability of Minnesota health care providers to securely exchange data in compliance with patient preferences and in a way that is efficient and financially sustainable. The report is due in February 2018.

The work of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative has identified many issues and barriers to HIE. As such, this study is multi-modal with heavy reliance on stakeholder input. Key research activities include:

  • Stakeholder and key informant interviews
  • Analysis of laws relating to HIE in Minnesota, border states, and other states
  • Analysis of HIE models used in border and other states
  • Community “listening session” focus groups to gather reaction/feedback to potential models

Get Involved and Contribute to the Conversation

Your participation is requested at a community input “Listening Sessions” (live and via webinar) to be held summer 2017. You will hear about study progress to date and proposed HIE frameworks. This is your opportunity to share ideas and reactions with other participants.

As meetings and webinars are scheduled this page will be updated with the dates, times and locations.  

Overall Project Schedule

Legal analysis of MN laws and workgroup review

March – August

Environmental scan of HIE models in other states

April - June

Stakeholder interviews to learn where organizations are at, where they are going, and how they will get there

April – May

“Listening” Sessions (meetings and webinars) to share proposed HIE frameworks and discuss how these may or may not meet stakeholder needs

June – August

Develop themes and recommendations with input from the project’s Steering Team and MN e-Health Advisory Committee

September – October

Compile report and recommendations

October – November

MDH internal review process

December – January


Stay involved, subscribe to the Minnesota e-health updates.

Send comment and any questions to MDH Project Lead Karen Soderberg at or 651-201-3576.

Updated Friday, June 23, 2017 at 03:09PM