Maryland has launched efforts to build a statewide health information exchange that ultimately could connect to a national network, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The state recently approved $10 million in start up funding for the exchange, called the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients, or CRISP.
The initiative will link the state's three largest hospital systems -- Johns Hopkins Medicine, MedStar Health and the University of Maryland Medical System -- and Erickson Retirement Communities.
The program aims to help health care providers, hospitals and insurance companies exchange patient information freely and securely.
CRISP's launch also coincides with a recent push to create a nationwide electronic health record exchange network. Federal officials currently are working to build consensus on how to implement a harmonized national network and ensure its security.
David Horrocks, president of CRISP, said Maryland likely will roll out its health record exchange before the federal government completes the national network. However, he said the state will strive to make CRISP compatible with the future nationwide exchange (Sentementes, Baltimore Sun, 9/18).