Connecticut officials yesterday launched eHealthConnecticut, a statewide push to improve healthcare through the use of information technology, including broader use of electronic medical records. A coalition of healthcare professionals led by Rep. Nancy Johnson and Gov. M. Jodi Rell are compiling an inventory of all individual health IT projects in hospitals and physician practices throughout the state. The effort will allow eHealthConnecticut leaders to coordinate what already exists and will work with the planned, comprehensive system to avoid costly redundancies, officials said. Other initiatives will include designing a health information exchange system and electronic prescribing systems that all healthcare providers in Connecticut can use. Health plans Cigna Corp., Aetna and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have pledged an unspecified amount of seed funding, according to a news release. -- by Cinda Becker
Conn. leaders announce launch of health IT initiative
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