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Chapter 1: Introduction to Healthcare Co... > Overview of Healthcare Collaborative... - Pg. 2

1.1 Overview of Healthcare Collaborative Network IBM WebSphere Business Integration for HCN enables the exchange of healthcare messages and documents between and within organizations. In short, HCN enables electronic collaboration among entities who currently exchange data by less reliable or less timely means, or among entities who wish to establish the exchange of clinical healthcare information. The reasons for exchanging data are many and varied, including: Making informed patient care decisions Monitoring quality of care (conformance to recommended treatment protocols) Determining if treatments were necessary and reasonable for the purposes of making payments for those treatments Responding to healthcare emergencies such as bioterrorism and public health threats Performing studies of population health Conducting research into the effectiveness of existing and emerging treatment protocols, drugs, and medical devices Conducting research into the intersection between a person's genetic