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Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: Dec. 9, 2008
Program Launched To Give Physicians Shared, Web Access To Patients’ Imaging Records

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, Suite 300, Iselin, NJ 08839; (732) 726-6700, www.amerihealth.com.


  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Physician Organizations

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