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Health Care Finance to Implement District's First Medicaid 'Patient Data Hub' Using MedPlus Technology
Date:6/4/2009

Health Information Exchange for Medicaid Beneficiaries, Powered by MedPlus Centergy(TM) Solutions, will Connect Physicians, Hospitals and Clinics to Accelerate Access to Patient Information and Better Health Outcomes

WASHINGTON, and MADISON, N.J., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Department of Health Care Finance, DHCF, the District's Medicaid agency, announced the selection of MedPlus, the health information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), to implement the District Government's first Medicaid focused health information exchange (HIE). Within a year, clinicians and selected hospitals and clinics serving Medicaid beneficiaries will soon be able to quickly share and access clinical information about their patients, at the point of care, thanks to the district's new Patient Data Hub (The Hub).

The health information exchange contract will empower healthcare providers, in the pilot project, to access and confidentially share critical patient information from any location through a secure, web-based portal and interoperable data exchange. The Hub will give doctors full access to information on patient allergies, lab test results, medication history, demographic data and clinical notes, driving improved patient care, and through the MedPlus Centergy(TM) technologies, afford them access to a national network that includes more than 85 electronic medical record (EMR) vendors and the more than 140,000 networked physicians using Quest Diagnostics' Care360(TM) connectivity services.

Health IT connectivity was a recommendation put forth by the RAND Corporation in their 2008 historical health study, Assessing Health and Health Care in the District of Columbia. RAND called for building on the District's existing investments in electronic medical records in primary c
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