Electronic medical records benefit patients, lower costs

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\When hospitals share patient records, emergency patients benefit, study suggests
[Via EurekAlert! – Medicine and Health]

(University of Michigan Health System) As hospitals and doctors’ offices across the country race to join online systems that let them share medical information securely, a new study suggests that these systems may already be helping cut unnecessary care. Fewer emergency patients got repeated medical scans when they went to a hospital that takes part in a health information exchange, or HIE, according to new findings by University of Michigan researchers.

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Based on my own recent experiences, sharing the data makes a huge difference. And I actually had one visit where we did not have to fill out all that medical info every doctor requires.

I am a big fan.