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UMass Memorial Health Care (UMass) and Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) launched their connection to the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass
The electronic health information exchange (HIE) between the two providers stems from the
“There has been a long-term interest in getting Milford Regional Medical Center information into the UMass world,” said Mark Taricco,
Through the grant program, Umass worked with MRMC to establish an HL7 interface on the
Under the recently completed connection, patient information flows in one direction - from MRMC to UMass. Taricco said future updates to dbMotion will allow information to travel in the other direction, from UMass to MRMC as well as to other providers.
The previous system for sharing patient lab information between MRMC and UMass required transporting actual paper documents and using fax machines. The lab result information had to be typed into the UMass system manually, which raised the chances for input errors, missing information and duplicate testing.
“When you’re manually typing in information, mistakes can be made very easily, such as typos and incorrect results,” said Taricco. “Other issues include timing and delays in getting that information typed into the system, whereas electronically we can get information sent directly to us and automatically entered into dbMotion.”
The electronic sharing of patient lab results between UMass and MRMC is a first step on the
Additionally, UMass plans to seek out HIE connections with other organizations and hospitals.
"Once there is a larger variety of systems participating, we’ll be able to take advantage of not performing redundant tests and things of that nature because we’ll have a broader scope of the patient history,” said Taricco.
Sean Kennedy is Director, Health Information Exchange for the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI).