Maine is one of five states each receiving a $600,000 grant to support sharing of electronic health records among behavioral and medical health providers.
Awarded by the Center for Integrated Health Solutions, the grant will help 25 behavioral health organizations and 200 Maine providers to securely share medical records, including through the use of HealthInfoNet, the state’s electronic health information exchange, according to a press release from HealthInfoNet.
Until a law change in 2011, behavioral health providers couldn’t participate in the exchange. Now, patients can choose, for example, to direct their psychiatrist to share their records with their primary care doctor through the exchange, the release states.
HealthInfoNet, which went online in 2009, collects individual patient medical information from separate providers on a single electronic health record. Maine’s exchange now contains records for more than 1 million of the state’s 1.3 million residents.