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Pennsylvania HIOs Set to Electronically Send Patient Data to Providers

A survey conducted by the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority shows that all health information organizations (HIOs) in the state will be able to electronically send patients' discharge instructions and lab results to their primary care physicians.

That's one of the key findings of the third annual survey of 11 HIOs, which the Authority conducted to better understand the current operating environment for HIOs in Pennsylvania. The survey poses in-depth questions about HIO operations and technology; communications, outreach, and research; and finances.

"After patients are discharged from the hospital, their primary care physicians need to know what kind of follow-up treatment is needed," says Alix Goss, executive director of the Authority. "Our survey indicates HIOs can support the electronic delivery of this health information, and they are committed to creating a statewide electronic health information exchange (eHIE) network. Information available at a doctor's fingertips means patients will have more efficient, improved health care."

Key findings from the survey include the following:

Source: Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority