Effort under way to provide medication data on Katrina evacuees (Healthcare IT News)

WASHINGTON — The federal government this week began testing a system to give doctors electronic access to Hurricane Katrina evacuees’ medication histories that were lost or destroyed in the storm’s aftermath.

Physicians treating evacuees in medical shelters can now access basic prescription drug data for 80 percent of the population in the affected area, said David Brailer, MD, the national coordinator for health information technology. Many of the evacuees have no access to their medication data and can’t remember what pills they take or in what dosages, creating a potentially dangerous situation, Brailer told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce audience Thursday. (more…)

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One thought on “Effort under way to provide medication data on Katrina evacuees (Healthcare IT News)

  1. Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

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