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Chicago Hospitals Rushing to Health Information Exchange

Chicago Hospitals Rushing to Health Information ExchangeThe Chicago Tribune reported Monday that dozens of Chicago-area hospitals are “banding together” to share secure patient data through an emerging health information exchange.

In all, 34 regional hospitals are participating as of today. Health care officials cited in the report indicate that the effort is meant to help hospitals “better care for patients and reduce unnecessary and expensive tests.”

MetroChicago HIE, scheduled to launch early next year, is an online portal that will allow for patient information, such as lab tests, imaging, health conditions, medicines and treatment, to be shared in real time among hospitals, doctors and eventually patients themselves.

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