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State to update medical records system

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A meeting in Gulfport tonight, Wednesday night, will give people a chance to learn more about plans for a statewide electronic medical and health information exchange.

Plans to form the Mississippi Health Information Network developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina after thousands of medical records where destroyed or lost.

To meet the immediate post-hurricane needs on the Gulf Coast, the state formed the Mississippi Coastal Health Information Exchange in order to provide easy access to health records.

The MS-HIN committee plans to model the new exchange after the first program. Along with leaning about the plans and design of the system, people can give feedback and voice concerns or questions to the planning committee and their consultants.

According to the committee, individuals can have their medial information sent by participating health providers to be stored electronically.

The committee says the electronic exchange will improve healthcare by providing easy access to information from anywhere in the state, decrease medical errors due to gaps in information as well as laying the foundation to make chronic care management more efficient.

The meeting will be tonight, Wednesday, June 16 from 6-8 pm in the South Building Auditorium at Gulfport Memorial Hospital and is sponsored by Governor Haley Barbour and the MS-HIN planning committee.

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