Four rural Texas hospitals within 25 miles of each other have formed a regional health information organization and will implement Web-based electronic medical records software to ease the sharing of pertinent patient information.

The hospitals will use the same vendor-hosted EMR, ChartAccess Comprehensive EMR from Houston-based Prognosis Health Information Systems, sharing one database but with separate data repositories. The hospitals expect the EMR will aid in qualifying for meaningful use incentive payments under the economic stimulus law. The application will support clinician access via iPhone devices.

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