Thursday, March 31, 2005

Massaschusetts way ahead of California

A consortium of Boston area hospitals has received a 50 million dollar grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mass to fund a regional health information database.

Massachusetts Providers Pilot EMR SystemMarch 31, 2005
Providers in the Massachusetts communities of Brockton, Newburyport and North Adams will participate in a three-year pilot program to implement interoperable electronic medical records, the Boston Business Journal reports. The $50 million program will include 34 organizations, such as hospitals and insurers, as well as corresponding physician offices, imaging centers and laboratories. The initiative will involve installation of software that will allow providers to access medical records, physician orders and other information through a unified computer system, the Business Journal reports. BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts has provided funding for the program, which will be operated by the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (Boston Business Journal, 3/30).


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