States increase health data exchange connectivity

The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) this week announced that it is the first community health record in the nation to achieve statewide connectivity for all acute care hospitals. According to DHIN Executive Director Jan Lee, M.D., 86 percent of providers in the state now participate in the network. "This ability to search for existing results has lead to a dramatic reduction in the ordering of high cost labs and radiology studies," Lee said in an announcement Monday. DHIN became the first operational statewide HIE in the nation in May 2007, according to its announcement. Interestingly, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced recently that all 46 of his state's acute care hospitals now can share electronic information via the Maryland Health Information Exchange, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun. Announcement