Big Data Analytics, HIE Could Aid Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

With the East Coast recovering from a natural disaster it hadn’t seen in nearly 75 years, health care IT tools are available to help officials and hospitals respond to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

When a backup generator failed at NYU Langone Medical Center, hospital workers heroically shuttled patients to other local facilities in the New York area. Medical records are able to travel with them through the state’s health information exchange (HIE) when patients move from one hospital to another, David Whitlinger, executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), told eWEEK.

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(Source: eWeek)