Maine Explores Interconnectivity

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Medical experts from the Maine Health Information Center are investigating how technology can provide greater efficiency in the state's health care system. The nonprofit group is working on a paperless records system that would allow authorized physicians and other clinicians to have instant access to their patients' medical records from any computer.

The clinical information-sharing infrastructure under consideration would involve a system that would allow for secure and direct point-of-care sharing of vital patient-specific clinical information with the following goals:

An electronic medical records system would allow for a thorough assessment of patient information, especially if patients see multiple physicians. Information on recent medical procedures, drug allergies, and problem conditions would be available instantly in case of an emergency.