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Massachusetts Launches Statewide HIE: Mass HI-way

Written by Kathleen Roney | October 22, 2012 | Print  |
Massachusetts has successfully launched a statewide health information exchange. Massachusetts' HHS, with the help of stakeholders and oversight from the Health Information Technology Council — a group of representatives from public and private sectors that prioritize the use of public funds to support statewide health IT projects — developed the infrastructure for Massachusetts' HIE, known as Mass HI-way, to enable secure exchange of health information from one hospital or provide to another, regardless of affiliation, location or differences in technology, according to the release.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick tested Mass HI-way be sending his personal health data from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass.

Through the system, patient health information will be transferred via electronic health records, secure email or a local area network device by providers in a private, secure, interoperable environment. Eleven healthcare organizations in Massachusetts are early adopters of Mass HI-way.

Massachusetts funded the project with a $16.9 million grant from the federal government, which was a combination of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funding and Medicaid funds.

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