Testing of a health information exchange (HIE) in Nevada could begin as soon as September, and will include primary care and specialty physician groups and hospitals in the state’s northern and southern region.

Las Vegas-based nonprofit HealthInsight Nevada has contracted with Axolotl Corp. to build the HIE’s technical infrastructure. The company is building health information exchanges in Utah, Idaho, Nebraska and Maryland, and several regional systems, according to the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

As part of the project, stakeholders are working to expand broadband coverage in rural communities  and is also determining how the HIE’s stakeholders — physicians, hospitals, and care providers — will share the system’s costs.

In May, the state’s Office of Information Technology issued a strategic plan outlining HIE efforts under way in the state. The office said it was aware of three community/regional HIEs in development. Two of them were undisclosed, with Axolotl Corp. announcing in April its planned HIE with HealthInsight Nevada.

Funding for the HIE is coming from Southwest Medical Associates Inc., with additional support from founding members of the HealthInsight HIE: Renown Health, Reno; Catholic Healthcare West, Southern and Northern NV; the Hospital Corporation of America, the Valley Health System, Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, and Healthcare Partners, Las Vegas, Nevada.

HealthInsight plans to work with 1,500 primary care providers in Nevada and Utah by the end of 2011, and another 1,000 in 2012 to 2013.

To read about the story, go to the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additonal information from HealthInsight.