Emergency department physicians at Inova Alexandria (Va.) Hospital are pilot testing the receiving of patient medication histories via the Northern Virginia Regional Health Information Organization.

The pilot is the first project milestone for the RHIO. The histories have enhanced medication safety in the ER, according to Martin Brown, M.D., chair of the department. The RHIO estimates more than 20,000 patients will benefit this year from the service and in the early weeks of the pilot nearly 90 percent were consenting to have their medication history accessed.

The RHIO uses HIE platform software from GE Healthcare.  Picis Inc. enhanced the hospital's emergency department information system to enable direct import of medications from the history. Other expected services from the RHIO include lab and radiology results, allergy alerts, admissions and discharge information, and personal health records. More information is available at http://novarhio.org.


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