Maryland's statewide health information exchange is now live, with three hospitals, three radiology services providers and two diagnostics companies being the first to share patient information through the exchange, according to a news release from the exchange's developer, the Baltimore-based Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients.
Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, Suburban Hospital of Bethesda and Montgomery General Hospital of Olney are the exchange's first hospital participants, but all 48 hospitals in the state have committed to sharing data, according to the release. Additionally, several physician practices and clinics are expected to join the exchange by the end of the year.
Wednesday's announcement of the exchange's launch marks "the beginning of a process which will give physicians new and more effective tools to provide the best care to their patients," CRISP President David Horrocks said in the release. CRISP received nearly $10 million from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to develop the exchange and won HHS approval for its plans over the summer.
As participation in the exchange grows, the types of data shared will expand beyond laboratory results, radiology results and hospital discharge summaries to include continuity-of-care documents, according to the release.