New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has signed into law legislation to create a statewide health-information exchange.
Info-exchange law signed in New Hampshire
A first meeting of the board of directors of the not-for-profit organzation to be know as the New Hampshire Health Information Organization, or NH-HIO, is to be held later this month, according to a news release from the state's Department of Health and Human Services.
A multiyear planning effort to create the NH-HIO was led by the state health department's Office of Health Information Technology with help from the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire, and from a neighboring organization, the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization with a for-profit subsidiary that provides consulting services and operations the federally supported Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire.
“Technology should do for the healthcare industry what it is has done for many other industries, and that's create efficiency and lower costs,” Lynch said in the news release. “This new law allows the creation of a health information organization, which will mean a faster, easier and more secure transfer of health records, saving time and money, while still protecting patient privacy.”
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