July 31, 2007
The Rhode Island Department of Health has awarded a three-year, $1.7 million contract to EDS to design, implement and manage the country’s first statewide electronic health record network, Healthcare IT News reports (Pizzi, Healthcare IT News, 7/30).
The contract could last up to seven years if the state uses all four of the optional one-year extensions, Government Health IT reports.
EDS will use InterSystems’ health care software to build and integrate the system.
The network, called the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange, will consolidate state residents’ health data and provide authorized hospitals, physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers with access to the health records (Wakeman, Government Health IT, 730).
The EHR network will be “developed with strict adherence to patient-consent policies and in conjunction with industry best practices with regard to security and privacy standards,” according to a press release (Providence Business News, 7/30). In addition, residents must give permission before their records are stored on the network.
The health data exchange is expected to go live in summer 2008 (Government Health IT, 7/30).