Alaska HIE pilot slated to go live

April 2, 2013 in Medical Technology

Initiatives by the Alaska eHealth Network aim to connect hospitals and clinics in the nation’s northernmost metropolitan region to the state’s health information exchange. 

First, the eHealth Network will launch a pilot program this quarter with healthcare providers in Fairbanks, a city located more than 730 miles northwest of Juneau. The 152-bed Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Tanana Valley Clinic and Tanana Chief Conference – a tribal consortium of 42 villages – will be among the first connecting to the state’s health information exchange through the pilot, officials say. 


[See also: Physician approaches to HIE vary widely.]


With this pilot program, “participating medical providers can have secure access to your medical history, medications and allergy information,” wrote Paul Cartland, state health information technology coordinator, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, in an April 1 Daily News-Miner column. 


Eventually, Cartland said the pilot program will expand to all healthcare providers and organizations statewide. “Electronic health records, the health information exchange and the Alaska eHealth Network are for everyone in Alaska.”


[See also: Maryland HIE lauded by state officials.]



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