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Two Midwest HIEs to Collaborate

February 13, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Two health information exchanges (HIEs) in the Midwest—Tiger Institute Health Alliance (TIHA) in Columbia, Mo. and Lewis and Clark Information Exchange (LACIE) in Kansas City, Mo.—announced they are now securely sharing patients' electronic medical records (EMRs) between their respective exchanges.

Linking these two HIEs allows providers to securely share patients' up-to-date EMRs, such as test results, medications and medical histories, with authorized healthcare professionals at a variety of locations. As part of the agreement, the information exchange involves no connection fees for either network, member providers, or patients, officials say.

Together, LACIE and TIHA have more than 2.5 million patient records that health professionals practicing across Missouri and Kansas can share. Combined, these exchanges include 30 hospitals and more than 4,000 physicians operating at more than 500 clinics and a variety of other care venues, such as emergency medical services, long term care, and home health that use several different EMR systems.

"As Americans become more mobile, they are receiving healthcare from different providers, often in different cities," Harold A. Williamson Jr., M.D., board chair of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance and vice chancellor of the University of Missouri Health System, said in a statement. "That makes partnerships like these more important. This data sharing will allow physicians to view their patients' medical records from other healthcare organizations instantly, giving physicians more information to make the best healthcare decisions."

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