Maggie Gunter, PhD, president of the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC), announced today that the organization has been appointed as the state’s official health information exchange (HIE) by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
NMHIC will create the health information exchange infrastructure to connect New Mexico’s health care providers through a contract with its technology partner, MedPlus, the healthcare information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX). MedPlus will connect New Mexico’s health care providers to a centralized network containing critical electronic patient information, using its Centergy(TM) suite of integrated technology solutions.
State-wide HIEs are critical for building a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). To ensure this continuity of care, NMHIC will enable health care information to be linked electronically across organizations, both regionally and nationally, and to move clinical information among disparate health care information systems, including physician offices. MedPlus has connected some of the nation’s largest HIEs, including one third of the original NHIN demonstration projects, one of which is NMHIC. [Read more…]