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Apply to Participate in DC HIE

Apply to Participate in DC HIE

The District’s “HIE Rule” (Chapter 87, District of Columbia Health Information Exchange, of Title 29, DCMR) (PDF) authorizes DHCF to oversee and administer the DC HIE. The DC HIE is a marketplace of District Registered and Designated HIE entities that work together to ensure health information exchange is private, secure, and effective. Specifically, the DC HIE must make the right health-related information available to the right individuals at the right time.

In addition to regulating the DC HIE, DHCF is working with key stakeholders, including the DC HIE Policy Board, to evaluate and develop policy guidance on health information exchange in the District. DHCF is committed to ongoing engagement with the community to adapt to new technologies and best practices.  

For general information or questions on the DC HIE, please contact [email protected].   


The DC HIE provides a level playing field and a citywide governance structure to help exchange health information and meet customer’s needs. There are two ways to participate, as either a District Registered HIE Entity or District Designated HIE Entity.

Registered HIE Entities

District Registered HIE Entities are organizations that demonstrate that they meet or exceed core minimum privacy, security, and access requirements for health information exchange identified by DHCF and District stakeholders in the DC HIE Rule. District Registered HIE Entities will receive key opportunities to engage in discussions with other District Registered and Designated HIE entities that make up the DC HIE for a three-year (3) term. Applications to participate as a District Registered HIE Entity are accepted on an ongoing basis and undergo a comprehensive review. Current Registered HIE Entities may also renew their Registered HIE Entity status no later than sixty (60) days prior to their term expiration date.

Designated HIE Entity

Once a HIE entity has demonstrated it meets the District’s privacy and security requirements to become a District Registered HIE Entity, the HIE entity may apply to be selected as the District Designated HIE Entity. The application process to be selected as a Designated HIE is only opened on a competitive basis, and at limited times. The District Designated HIE Entity is DHCF’s organizational partner that supports the ongoing maintenance and operation of the DC HIE infrastructure and services. The District Designated HIE Entity is committed to support the development and maintenance of HIE services in order to facilitate the secure, electronic exchange of health information among the District Registered HIE entities and participating organizations in the District for a five-year (5) term.

The 2019 application cycle to serve as the District Designated HIE Entity was open from August 19 –September 18, 2019. Only one District Registered HIE Entity was selected [please see section below]. Participation in the DC HIE is voluntary. HIE entities that do not apply are able to continue their operations in the District, however, they will not be considered to meet any stated requirement related to “participating in the DC HIE”.


District Designated HIE Entity Start Date Expiration Date
Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, Inc. April 13, 2020 April 14, 2025

District Registered HIE Entities Start Date Expiration Date
Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, Inc. November 27, 2022 November 28, 2025
District of Columbia Primary Care Association (CPC-HIE) February 24, 2020 February 24, 2023


The links below provide several resources including the link to the  DC HIE Registration Application webpage. The webpage includes information on the benefits, eligibility, and instructions to apply.