Health Information Exchange Implemented In AR

An Arkansas hospital is the first to implement a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the state. The HIE refers to the transmission of health care data among hospitals, health information organizations and government agencies. These are an important part of the digital future of medicine, and all health care providers in the US are required to adopt an electronic health record (EHR) system by 2014, and to connect these to a statewide HIE.

Through its implementation and use, officials say the HIE will help the NARMC reduce medical errors and duplicate testing, promote improved management of chronic diseases and allow patients to access their own health information.   “North Arkansas Regional is taking an important step in building our state’s digital infrastructure and improving the health care of Arkansans,” said Gov. Mike Beebe. “Its willingness to take part in the SHARE innovation will help ensure that a patient’s medical information is available where it is needed, when it is needed.”



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