SAHIESmall Area Health Insurance Estimates
SAHIESouthern Arizona Health Information Exchange (est. 2006)
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SAHIE are used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in support of its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
The SAHIE program models health insurance coverage by combining survey data with population estimates and administrative records.
At present, SAHIE is the only source of health insurance estimates for all counties.
SAHIE has chosen to implement Wellogic's solutions using standards and policies established under the federally sponsored and recently delivered National Health Information Network Phase II (NHIN-II) program.
SAHIE is a collaborative of the major healthcare entities in Southern Arizona - including health plans, hospitals, large group practices, business leadership, and local administrations in the three counties of Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz.
As the use of EHRs increases among clinicians, and trust in the safety and security of SAHIE increases over time, the goal is to be able - with patient consent - to perform additional functions that further the promotion of safe and high quality care.
The initial county-level heath insurance estimates by the SAHIE program partly met this need.
The SAHIE program constructs statistical models that relate health insurance coverage, as measured by survey estimates from the CPS ASEC, to population estimates and administrative records.
When the SAHIE program produces the next round of estimates, the revised data will be used.
By the release of the 2008 ACS (usually in August of the following survey year), the SAHIE program should be able to produce ACS-based county estimates for all counties while the ACS direct estimates will have estimates on counties that have populations 65,000 and over.
SAHIE are based on models combining data from a variety of sources, including the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey, Census 2000, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program, the County Business Patterns data set and administrative records, such as aggregated federal tax returns and Medicaid participation records.
Currently, SAHIE are the only source for county-level estimates of health insurance coverage status.