Kaiser Permanente nearing launch of nationwide info exchange

Kaiser Permanente has implemented a secure health information exchange that is going to be expanded nationwide.  Kaiser Permanente and VA engaged in first Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) production exchange for treatment purposes on December 17th, 2009 in San Diego, CA.

Kaiser Permanente is nearing the launch of a nationwide information exchange, giving its 9 million members an opportunity to have their medical records shared over the Internet with public- and private-sector partners.  Kaiser’s membership includes about 500,000 veterans, who receive care at Kaiser facilities and Veterans Affairs Department hospitals.

The software that allows providers to view and extract medical record data uses the standards and specifications set by HHS. The data is encrypted, and patients have to give their consent before their health information is shared.