The American Health Information Community approved a recommendation that HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology should develop and prioritize by October a case study on the use of electronic health records by emergency responders. The study would describe the role of an e-record used by emergency responders in the overall delivery of patient care. At a minimum, the study would include a prototype e-record to capture patient demographic data, such as the medications patients take and critical medical condition information. The recommendation dovetails with one finding of a February report by the Homeland Security Department on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. The report called for the widespread use of interoperable e-health records by emergency responders by February 2007. The AHIC is a federally chartered public-private group that advises HHS on IT issues. -- by Matthew DoBias
IT body to push e-records for emergency responders
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