Biloxi, coast, lead the way to medical records online

Pascagoula - The Coast is leading the state and most of the nation by putting medical records online. The need for moving online became apparent after Hurricane Katrina. "So many health records had been lost on the Coast," said Chris Anderson, CEO of Singing River Health System.

Anderson chaired the health-care committee for the Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal, which identified electronic management of medical records as a top priority. It's being introduced at Singing River Health System, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Coastal Family Health. "Once we develop it here on the Coast we can leverage it across the state," he said.

Mississippi Coast Health Information Exchange, or MCHIE, will allow every doctor, hospital, therapist, pharmacist or other health professional who sees a patient to enter the information from the visit electronically. With the patient's permission, they can share the information 24 hours a day with other providers in a network, for a continuation of care.

Anderson said privacy and security will be paramount. "All the different protections are there," he said.

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