Beacon community touts electronic record sharing without EHRs

Providers now can share patient health information across a regional health information exchange, even if their facility doesn't have an electronic health record, thanks to a collaborative effort between the health IT team at the Keystone Beacon Community and GE-Microsoft joint healthcare company Caradigm. The health IT team at Keystone, which is a Geisinger-led initiative, will be using a MDS (minimum data set)-to-CCD Transformer created by Caradigm to transform patient care data into a Continuity-of-Care Document. After the information is put into a CCD format, it then can be transferred to a designated HIE. "Any skilled nursing facility can now share a patient's information inexpensively and securely, which helps the patient's care team work better together," Geisinger Chief Health Information Officer Jim Walker, M.D., said in a statement. Announcement

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