Maryland puts health data exchange online

System starts with 7 facilities, but expects all the state's hospitals to join

Maryland has gone online with its Health Information Exchange, first linking seven medical facilities in Montgomery County, just outside of Washington, D.C.

The exchange provides an infrastructure for the “secure flow of health information among physician practices, hospitals, labs, radiology centers, and other health care institutions,” according to a release from the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), which developed the exchange.

Two of the initial medical facilities on the exchange are hospitals, but all 48 of the state’s hospitals have committed to joining, Christine LaFave Grace writes  for Several doctors' offices and clinics also are expected to join.

CRISP said it also plans to expand the types of data shared. Currently facilities on the system can share such records as discharge summaries and lab and radiology results. More complete documents, named community of care documents, or CCDs, will be added, CRISP said.

CRISP built the exchange with millions in federal grants and $10 million from hospital rate payments, Emily Mullin writes in the Washington Business Journal.

Statewide health care exchanges are a priority of the new federal health care law.


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