Connecticut REC Launches HIE Pilot

eHealthConnecticut, a regional extension center in Connecticut, has launched a health information exchange pilot program aimed at designing, implementing and evaluating the feasibility of an HIE, according to a news release.

So far, eHealthConnecticut has recruited five participants: Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, both in Hartford; Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London; Staywell Health Center in Waterbury; and Community Health Center in Middletown. More than 70,000 patients are registered, with that number growing daily.

The pilot HIE system, hosted at the Connecticut Hospital Association, provides a secure and interoperable infrastructure to enable timely exchange of medical data between providers at the point of care. The HIE will also be capable of other functions, such as secure email and eReferrals. Eventually, it could also support disease management in order to better coordinate interventions and communications that can drive efficiency, patient education and self-care.

Read the news release about eHealthConnecticut's HIE pilot.

Read other coverage about information exchanges:

- Dr. Blumenthal Suggests Data Portability for Rural Providers Shopping for EHRs

PCAST Workgroup Suggests Implementing Exchange Language in Phases

Virginia Providers Among First to Employ Two Health Data Exchange Models

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