Launched To Give Physicians Shared, Web Access To Patients’
A new initiative designed to give radiologists and
other physicians 24-hour electronic access to shared-patient medical
imaging records through a secure Web portal is being sponsored by
AmeriHealth New Jersey.
Called the New Jersey Health Information Exchange
(NJHIE), the initiative is open to physicians in New Jersey at no cost.
The twelve-month pilot program, now underway,
focuses on giving physician-members online access to medical imaging,
such as CAT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and X-rays, and associated reports
from participating hospitals and imaging centers, AmeriHealth said.
This initial program will especially benefit
radiologists, who now have immediate access to a greater number of
pre-existing images and reports, the company said.
Other medical professionals, in turn, will benefit
from spending less time securing patient records and being able to make
faster, more accurate emergency room assessments, AmeriHealth said.
The exchange is being built by Philadelphia-based
HxTechnologies (HxTI), a healthcare IT and services company
specializing in health information exchange. HxTI will also maintain
the system and audit its use to enforce compliance. The exchange will
enforce the privacy and security safeguards already in place at each
participating medical facility, and typically exceed Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act requirements, AmeriHealth said.
Patients will always have the final say over
whether or not their records can be shared across the network.
Physician use of the system is strictly limited to patient treatment
purposes, the company said.
Beyond the initial pilot program, AmeriHealth
anticipates broadening the scope of the exchange to other types of
medical records in 2009. AmeriHealth and HxTI are currently working
with an initial number of participating healthcare providers.
Address: AmeriHealth, 485 C U.S. Highway 1 South,
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