About - Connected Care Exchange

About Us

Through seamless data sharing, the CCE eliminates gaps in care, strengthens collaboration, and improves the quality of patient care throughout South Texas.

Who We Are

The CCE HIE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating the secure exchange of patient health information to improve communication and patient care in South Texas. Through services such as provider portals, hospital alerts, the CareShare app, and more, the HIE connects patients’ providers to facilitate the rapid, complete, and accurate sharing of critical data across the region. As a result, the CCE is a key catalyst in improving the security, accuracy and timeliness of patient data available to providers, and in making patient care more effective, more affordable, and more complete.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to improve healthcare quality while reducing costs for participating providers. With a goal of becoming the trusted leader in the secure exchange and use of critical patient information, we provide comprehensive tools for hospitals, physicians, laboratories, pharmacies and others.

We provide a comprehensive system for the secure exchange of critical health information. Our goal is to empower patients and providers with technology-based healthcare solutions. With CCE HIE, the entire community can benefit from improved patient care, fewer wasted resources, and lower healthcare costs.

Our Team

The CCE HIE is run by a board of dedicated and experienced leaders in South Texas healthcare. Their expertise, passion for patient care, and dedication to seeing the region thrive drives the decisions they make for our organization.

Alicia Grimaldo

Application Support Analyst

Andrew Lombardo

Executive Director

Fernando Villareal

Technical Clinical Analyst

Board of Directors

Dr. Sheila Magoon Chairman

South Texas Physician Alliance, Executive Director

Joe Leal

IT Director
Harlingen Medical Center

Nario Cantu

Cantu Pharmacy, Owner/Pharmacist

Dr. Teri Lightner


Humberto Gonzalez

Chief Information Officer
Su Clinica Familiar

Esmeralda Guajardo

Cameron County Department of
Health and Human Services,
Health Administrator

Fabian Borrego

South Texas Health System,
Chief Financial Officer

CCE HIE Objectives

The goal of the CCE HIE is to facilitate access to, and retrieval of, clinical information to provide safer, more timely, efficient, and effective patient centered care. By having access to all patient data, health care providers can reduce time and expense associated with duplicate tests and effort spent locating missing patient information such as referrals, consults, radiology and lab results and other orders.

It provides the capability to electronically access clinical information across disparate health care information systems while maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged. HIE is part of an evolving strategy on the national, state, regional, and local levels. These strategies may include telemedicine, social networking, patient-centered medical homes, and accountable-care organizations.

When clinical records are available at the point of care, patients receive more accurate and timely service. Benefits include:

  • Improved patient safety
  • Reduced chance of medical error
  • Better workflow efficiency and lower administrative costs
  • Enhanced communication between hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and physicians
  • Easier access to and retrieval of clinical data
  • Records from the original source
  • Improved ability to make the right decision at the right time
  • Improved audit trails and chain of custody
  • Local control
  • Reduced duplicate testing