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Electronic Information Exchange Is Critical to Closing the Gap in Health Care Reform
Date:9/1/2009

Atlanta Physicians’ Office is First in the Country to Incorporate a Complete Electronic System to Improve Patient Care

Atlanta, GA (Vocus) September 1, 2009 -- Thousands of medical practices across the United States have traded in paper records for electronic health records. While this has made improvements in patient care, an electronic health records system (EHR) is not efficient without an electronic information exchange system that can transfer information to the medical community at large. As pioneers with such a system, Atlanta Women’s Specialists solved two of the biggest issues surrounding health care reform—increasing staff efficiency and providing safer care.

An electronic information exchange system enables hospitals and physicians’ offices to transfer information, including health records, lab results, surgical notes and order requests, within the medical community securely and seamlessly. The system eliminates the need for staff to manually scan medical information, which increases the likelihood of errors and diverts valuable staff resources. Traditionally, electronic information exchange systems have been difficult and inefficient to operate since most medical offices and hospitals employ different systems that may not be compatible.

Atlanta Women’s Specialists, a large Ob/Gyn practice located in metro Atlanta, was the first physicians’ office in the United States to deploy a system that provided both the ability to house an electronic health records system (EHR) and electronically exchange information with other medical practices, including Northside Hospital. Their system, the

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