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Sharing data a complicated step for healthcare

SouthCoast Business Bulletin, October 22, 2012
To those in fully automated industries, like banking, the state's rollout of a new health information network last week must seem sadly behind the times. Massachusetts officials declared the Health Information Exchange open for business Tuesday by sending Gov. Deval Patrick's medical data from a hospital in Boston to a trauma center in Springfield. The electronic information traveled halfway across the state and, just as importantly, crossed tricky medical provider boundaries. "The state connectivity will help, but the connections locally between "Dr. XYZ" on Main Street and "Dr. ABC" on another street is where most care happens," said James Albert, vice president and chief information officer of Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.