Georgia Creating Consumer-Focused Electronic Health Records System

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Patient Health Care Records Ready To Go Viral
A groundbreaking project in northwest Georgia soon will encourage consumers to play a bigger role in their health care by creating electronic personal health records, uploading medical information and images into one easy-to-access location a button click away. Earlier this year, the Georgia Cancer Coalition and state Department of Community Health received a $1.7 million federal grant – one of 10 awarded nationwide — to create a patient-focused health information exchange in the Rome area. While states have developed ways for hospitals, doctors and other providers to electronically share information, the Georgia effort to create a more consumer-focused system could result in a national trend, said Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Williams, 8/16).

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