Electronic Health Record System Could Save Money

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Electronic Health Record

Maine physicians, hospitalsand public health officials on Wednesday unveiled a statewide electronic healthrecord system, called HealthInfoNet, as part of an effort to improvehealth care quality, reduce medical errors and slow the growth of health carecosts in the state, AP/Foster's Daily Democrat reports. Advocates estimate thatthe system will save $50 million annually by eliminating duplicate andunnecessary tests, procedures, prescriptions and hospital admissions.

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Construction on the not-for-profit HealthInfoNet network is scheduled to beginlater this year, and supporters have raised $4 million for the project. A two-yearpilot program will begin this winter and will involve more than 2,000 healthcare providers in the state, including 15 hospitals and one-third of thestate's physicians.

Scott Bullock, president and CEO of MaineGeneral Health, said, "Connecting our patients to astatewide network to share clinical information is particularly importantconsidering the rural environment of Maine," adding, "Many miles mayseparate a patient's various providers, and all need access to the mostcomprehensive and timely information at all times to provide the highestquality care" (AP/Foster's Daily Democrat, 1/16).

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