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August 4, 2009

DrFirst Partners With HealthInfoNet

To provide the high levels of patient care and safety, while being cost effective medical care

By CBR Staff Writer

DrFirst has announced partnership with Maine’s health information network HealthInfoNet.

DrFirst believes that connectivity in the medical industry can have a profound influence in providing the highest levels of patient care and safety, while also resulting in cost effective medical care. This health information exchange (HIE) can prevent major morbidities, reduce complications, allow for the sharing of patient data across organizational lines, minimize the duplication of services and unnecessary costs and will help providers deliver much safer care for patients in Maine.

As HealthInfoNet expands services across the state over the next several months, more than 2,000 healthcare providers in Maine, will have access to HealthInfoNet’s secure clinical data repository. Use of the system will be phased in. The network is expected to save an estimated $50 million per year in healthcare costs as caregivers order fewer unnecessary and duplicative tests, procedures, prescriptions and hospital admissions.

Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst, said: “Maine HealthInfoNet, through its statewide health information exchange, is tearing down the walls that have kept important patient health information locked away from providers who work in separate practices or hospitals. Our mutual commitment to creating a community-wide, secure network for clinical document exchange has laid the groundwork for safer and more effective care.”

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