IT: Florida plans health data network

On Tuesday, Florida became the latest state to announce plans for a health data network designed to link doctors and hospitals in the region and give providers access to patient electronic medical records. The project will be managed by the Florida Health Information Network, created by Gov. Jeb Bush in March. Also participating is Tampa health IT company Gold Standard. As usual, details are slightly sketchy: doctors and other providers will get access to records from around the state, patients will be able to access records over the web using a password, and the project will not rely on a centralized database (that would be too expensive according to planners) but rather utilize regional servers.

- see this story from the Tampa Tribune