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$10 Million in Startup Funding Approved for Maryland Health Information Exchange
Date:8/5/2009

ange. CRISP is a not-for-profit membership corporation advised by a wide range of Maryland stakeholders responsible for the health care of Marylanders. It receives input from patients, hospital systems, physicians, insurance providers, technology providers, privacy advocates, public health officials, and advocates for seniors, the uninsured, and the medically underserved.

Health information exchange allows clinical information to move electronically among health care providers authorized by patients to receive their information. CRISP plans to implement a health information exchange that will assure providers have the right information available at the right time and place of care to improve treatment, prevent errors, and reduce health care costs. A health information exchange will also help gather information to improve disease surveillance, to improve our understanding of what works in the real world, and to shape practice guidelines.

"By linking health systems and hospitals throughout Maryland, doctors will gain the ability to make better decisions by having more information available at the point of care," said Dr. Matt Narrett, CRISP board member, geriatrician, and Chief Medical Officer of Erickson Retirement Communities. "Not only should this lower cost and boost outcomes, it should boost the patient experience as well."

In 2008, the Maryland Health Care Commission issued an award to CRISP to develop a plan for the implementation of a consumer-centric private and secure health information exchange where the patient controls the flow of their information. During the planning phase, CRISP implemented a service to provide real-time, electronic medication histories to patients being treated in the emergency room at Memorial Hospital in Easton. CRISP submitted a comprehensive report to the Maryland Health Care Commission in February 2009. Based on this plan, and the outcome of a competitive bidding pr
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