State HIEs Prep For Disaster Recovery

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | July 15, 2013

Direct protocol to enable data exchange among providers caring for patients displaced from their homes

Working to ensure the availability and portability of health records in the wake of hurricanes or tornadoes, four Gulf Coast states and six states in the East and Midwest have set up infrastructure to safeguard access to critical health information.

Health information exchange programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia are working with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to enable exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from their homes.