Health Information Exchange in Disaster Preparedness and Response – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – July 2012

Posted on September 27, 2012. Filed under: Disaster Management, Health Informatics | Tags: |

Health Information Exchange in Disaster Preparedness and Response – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology –  July 2012

Extract from the executive summary

“To date, there has been limited research on how HIE could be leveraged to provide timely access to clinical information in response to a disaster. The best way to ensure that health information can be accessed during an emergency is to ensure that it can be accessed during routine care. As connectivity through HIE expands, opportunities to link exchange efforts with emergency preparedness and response to provide health information to providers and patients in response to a disaster will expand. This work reflects the reality, however, that during the interim period of individual state efforts and varying HIE implementation timelines, a phased approach has been deemed by this project to be the most appropriate strategy. In this regard it is important to build on the lessons learned over many years, including the work done to access medical information following the displacement of more than a million people during and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.”

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