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Nov 14, 2012 5:28 AM by AP

State & NO-area docs linking patient records

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans hospital and 11 clinics are hooked up to share electronic health records so doctors can see what treatments a patient has had and whether new prescriptions would work well with medicines already being taken.

The Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange includes more than 160 doctors at the LSU Interim Hospital and clinics including the Common Ground Health Clinic, the NO/AIDS Task Force and the Tulane Ruth Fertel Community Health Center. Together, they treat more than 250,000 patients.

Spokeswoman Malana (muh-LAY-nuh) Joseph says the exchange is talking with other hospitals, and eventually will be able to exchange records with the Louisiana Health Information Exchange.

The state exchange has signed up more than 100 groups including dozens of hospitals. Four are currently exchanging information.








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