Maryland hospital first to cross state lines for HIE

Berlin, Md.-based Atlantic General Hospital became the first acute-care hospital in the nation to join another state's health information exchange when it recently joined the Delaware Health Information Network, the Crisfield-Somerset County Times reported this week. According to Cheryl Nottingham, Atlantic's chief financial officer, the hospital did so because of the rising percentage of patients it served from across the state border.

"About 20 percent of the patients we treat in our emergency department are from Delaware, and having access to health information from Delaware hospitals affords another level of care that we can now provide to our patients," Nottingham said, according to the TimesArticle

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