STATE AND FEDERAL LEADERS CELEBRATE MARYLAND HIE MILESTONE

State and federal health leaders including Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Chief Farzad Mostashari, and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Joshua Sharfstein gathered at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring on February 17 to announce that all of Maryland’s 46 acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals are now connected to CRISP (Maryland’s Statewide Health Information Exchange) and exchanging data.

The Washington Post quotes Scott Afzal, Ai principal and CRISP program director, explaining that all Maryland hospitals will soon be sharing more detailed clinical data in addition to the basic demographic data currently being exchanged. Some hospitals have already begun exchanging clinical data, including lab, radiology, and specialist reports.

For more information on the press conference and Maryland’s health IT advances, see Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s press release.

For more information about CRISP, visit crisphealth.org.