December 18, 2012

Feds recognize Web health-info exchange in Maine

By Kelley Bouchard
Staff Writer

Efforts in Maine to establish a statewide, web-based patient health information exchange won federal recognition Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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A screenshot of, a secure website that links 27 of Maine's 39 hospitals and 294 physician practices across the state.

HealthInfoNet, which links 27 of Maine's 39 hospitals and 294 physician practices across the state, won a Meaningful Use Acceleration Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The web address is

The award recognized HealthInfoNet, based in Portland, and Bangor Beacon Community, affiliated with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, for their federally funded efforts to promote effective use of electronic health records.

HealthInfoNet is an independent, nonprofit that's using health information technology to improve health care quality and safety.

Similar programs in Ohio and Kentucky also were recognized, said HealthInfoNet spokeswoman Amy Landry.

Federal officials also lauded Maine health care providers because 42 percent of them have met federal goals encouraging the transition to electronic health records – the highest percentage of all 50 states, Landry said.

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