Regional medical networks improve treatment by letting all healthcare providers access relevant patient information

Medical data is starting to be exchanged electronically in New Jersey via "health information exchanges" whose members are hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers working in the same region of the state. Often, these providers treat the same patients; the goal is to improve outcomes by giving them access to information on all the care these patients receive. Ultimately, the state plans to link these regional information exchanges into a statewide digital health information network, so one day the medical records of a Sparta resident who winds up in the emergency room while on vacation at the Jersey shore will be available to the local medical team, just as they are to the individual’s family physician at home. Read More