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Electronic health records increasingly used in isles

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2013

~~<p>After years of encouragement, investment and incentives, hospitals and more recently a critical mass of community physicians have made the transition from paper charts to electronic health records (EHR). For optimal benefit to patients, providers and payers, it is critical that providers can use their EHRs to exchange information with one another. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, designed in part to protect patient confidentiality, makes the exchange of information a delicate exercise.</p>
<p>How is it possible to share some of the most sensitive facts about a patient quickly, any time, anywhere but only as appropriate and on a &quot;need to know&quot; basis? The state Health Information Exchange (HIE), established in 2006, is a secure electronic network designed for the job. It supports Hawaii health care providers, including physicians, pharmacies, labs and others, to exchange selected patient medical data. The HIE information technology infrastructure was largely funded by the Office of the National Coordinator as part of a collective effort to transform health care in this country.</p>
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After years of encouragement, investment and incentives, hospitals and more recently a critical mass of community physicians have made the transition from paper charts to electronic health records (EHR). For optimal benefit to patients, providers and payers, it is critical that providers can use their EHRs to exchange information with one another. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, designed in part to protect patient confidentiality, makes the exchange of information a delicate exercise.

How is it possible to share some of the most sensitive facts about a patient quickly, any time, anywhere but only as appropriate and on a "need to know" basis? The state Health Information Exchange (HIE), established in 2006, is a secure electronic network designed for the job. It supports Hawaii health care providers, including physicians, pharmacies, labs and others, to exchange selected patient medical data. The HIE information technology infrastructure was largely funded by the Office of the National Coordinator as part of a collective effort to transform health care in this country. Login for more...



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