Virginia's Centra Health Joins in Social Security Administration's MEGAHIT Project

Lynchburg, Va.-based Centra Health has joined the Social Security Administration MEGAHIT project, according to a news release.

In 2009, MedVirginia, a health information exchange, became the first organization to connect to the Nationwide Health Information Network with the SSA MEGAHIT project. Based on this success, the SSA awarded contracts to 15 healthcare providers to provide electronic medical records to the agency. These EMRs, which will be sent through the NHIN, would shorten the time it takes to make a disability decision and improve the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the disability program. The MedVirginia/Centra collaboration is among the first of the fifteen to connect in this phase.

Centra's three hospitals that are now live with the project are Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital, both in Lynchburg, and Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, Va.

Read the news release about the MEGAHIT project.

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