A pilot program in Virginia is demonstrating the secure sharing of scanned paper documents via a health information exchange.

Provider participants are Dominion Medical Associates, a group practice in Richmond, and CenVaNet, a network of 11 hospitals and 900 physicians serving central Virginia. Dominion is scanning care management documents of diabetic patients and sending electronic files to CenVaNet care managers via a physician Web portal from MEDfx Corp., Warwick, R.I.

The data is tagged and stored in the repository of MedVirginia, a Richmond-based health information exchange. Telecommunications firm Verizon is providing certificate authority services to verify data senders and recipients.

MEDfx and MedVirginia are partners with Verizon in an initiative announced in July 2010 to build a Web-based, Verizon-hosted health information exchange. MedVirginia also is the first client.

--Joseph Goedert


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