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Mass. Unveils Electronic Medical Records System

BOSTON — Massachusetts has launched the next phase of an electronic medical records system designed to make it easier for doctors to pull up a patient’s medical history with the click of a button.

State officials say the Mass HIway Health Information Exchange will for the first time let health care providers locate, request and retrieve medical records from other participating health care providers across the state on a secure, interconnected system.

Gov. Deval Patrick attended the launch of the system at an event Wednesday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Patrick said the new system would reduce health costs and improve patient care.

The event included a demonstration of the new technology in a simulated medical setting, with doctors retrieving the patient’s health information from other health care organizations in real-time.

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  • Tanya M. Laidlaw

    Just listened to Martha’s story on this topic, which was thorough and generally accurate. However, as a practicing allergist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I was disappointed to hear the mention of shellfish allergy leading to a possible iodine contrast reaction in their mock 83-year-old patient. Shellfish allergy and CT contract reactions have been well-proven to not cross-react or be related in any way. Their possible association was essentially a myth that has been medically disproven. Though it was likely a medical error included in the mock ER situationand not one created by the WBUR reporting staff, I am nonetheless concerned that the public heard medical misinformation. – Tanya M. Laidlaw, MD

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