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Wisconsin Health Information Exchange shares burden of electronic medical records

As America's health care costs continue to rise, the need for the health-care industry to harness the information exchange potential of the Internet has never been more urgent.

In that spirit, the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (WHIE) has joined more than 150 statewide and regional efforts across the country in the mammoth task of creating locali......

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One of those quality improvement organizations is MetaStar Inc., a Madison-based company that, among its other contracts, is in charge of improving quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries in the state. MetaStar's Jay Gold, a member of WHIE's Working Group, said that one of the benefits of such an exchange will be real-time patient alerts for conditio......

Full article >>> metropolitan area simultaneously had severe diarrhea, and the health department did not know an outbreak was going on. This is even when half the health department has diarrhea."

Following up on President Bush's call for nationwide electronic medical records (EMRs) within a decade down to the nurse scrambling for a paper chart that's tucked away somewhere across the clinic, rapid electron......

Full article >>> government agencies, foundations, insurers and employers, Foldy said. Sustaining the system probably should be the job of health-care providers and other organizations, such as pharmacies and laboratories, that also are likely to see a decrease in their costs.

"Purchasing a lot of health information systems internally, organization by organization, without being able to share information......

Full article >>> al and physician group to be compared very directly to one another. Lots of things become transparent that have been very opaque."

Lincoln Brunner is a WTN contributing editor and can be reached at

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