Doctors in Connecticut may soon be able to access their patient’s information at any time day or night thanks to a state wide push to digitize medical records.
The records would be available over a medical network, and the supporters of the move say it would not only improve healthcare but reduce medical errors, limit costs and create jobs.
The scheme is a part of the eHealthConnecticut program launched in the wake of President Bush’s executive order to make all medical records electronically available by 2010.
A trial of the new network is scheduled for later in the year, with outpatient records being shared between three clinics as well as Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. The trial should reveal any flaws in the system and help healthcare providers to adapt to the new system.
If the program remains on schedule it is expected to up and running by 2008.