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National Health IT Week is an opportunity to celebrate Delaware’s successes.

October is known as a time for apple-picking, trick-or-treating and drinking pumpkin spice lattes more than it is for thinking about health information technology. Still, we hope you’ll take a moment during National Health IT Week (Oct. 2–6, 2017) to recognize Delaware’s accomplishments in health information technology, which help to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs:

  • The First State is home to the first statewide operational health information exchange in the nation, Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN). Through DHIN’s secure Community Health Record, physicians’ offices, hospitals, labs and imaging facilities share clinical information, safely and effectively.
  • Every acute care hospital in the state and nearly all Delaware’s physicians participate in DHIN. This collaboration ensures the timely delivery of test results and records to speed medical care while saving patients money and time. 
  • Healthcare knows no borders. Strong partnerships with neighboring states’ hospitals and health information exchanges make critical patient data available to healthcare teams across six states and the District of Columbia.
  • The safety and security of patient data is paramount. Recently, DHIN was recognized as one of a select group of health information exchanges to receive an esteemed national certification for the protection of patient data.
  • Three major Delaware health systems were named to the national 2017 “Most Wired” list. Christiana Care Health System, Beebe Healthcare and Nanticoke Health Services were all recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks for their accomplishments with increased clinical capabilities, telehealth and mobile technology.
  • Delaware patients can access free products and services to connect with their healthcare information. Connecting patients with the same medical information that their healthcare providers see is the thinking behind Health Check Connect, DHIN’s free personal health record. And in an effort to help fight healthcare identify theft and fraud, DHIN’s mobile messaging service, Health Check Alert, notifies subscribers when lab results are in or when their healthcare information has been accessed.

So this month, raise your mug of hot apple cider and toast the role of effective, efficient health information technology in making our communities healthier.

Visit www.dhin24seven.org to learn more.

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