The Rochester RHIO in New York has announced that more than 100,000 patients have consented to their physicians viewing their health information via the RHIO.

Rochester RHIO started a pilot in 2007 with five practices and 27 physicians. Today, it serves more than 1,500 authorized providers including 500 physicians. Data exchanged via the RHIO includes lab reports, radiology images and reports, medication histories, and hospital discharge summaries. By January, the service will include emergency medical treatment data and information on health and human services for senior citizens.

Patients are given a consent form during treatment to enable their physicians to view data, and 97% have consented, according to Rochester RHIO. In the coming months, patients will be able to give consent online.

Current usage figures include 4,000 prescriptions sent in October, 10,000 patient records queried in October and about 1.5 million clinical results added monthly. More information is available at rochesterrhio.org.

--Joseph Goedert

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