1. Beginning today, doctors can grab far-flung medical records in emergencies

    At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today, Governor Deval Patrick will participate in a simulation that will demonstrate a health information exchange that has real power to improve care and lower costs. The launch of this second phase means that the HIE is finally fully operational. The state was the first out of the gate with funding for the HIE, now called the HIway, back in 2009, after the approval of the federal HITECH act. The state won a total of $14 million from the Office of the National Coordinator, the health IT agency, and another $20 million from Medicaid ...

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