One Year After Hurricane Sandy, NY Wants to Give First Responders Access to State HIE

It’s been about one year since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the New Jersey coastline and forced many hospitals into crisis mode. Some providers are still recovering. The impact of that natural disaster continues to reverberate, particularly the significance of electronic health records in the face of a natural disaster or an emergency. The New York eHealth Collaborative is working out a plan to give first responders access to limited patient information from the state’s health information network or SHIN-NY. The idea is this access would position police and firefighters to provide up-to-date information in response to queries from loved ones in an emergency.

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(Source: MedCity News)