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State taking lead in e-health effort

August 2, 2011

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REGARDING YOUR July 19 editorial “Google Health: Dead of neglect,’’ it is important to note that the Commonwealth’s plan for allowing patients to electronically access their own medical information differs greatly from Google’s personal health record application, which was discontinued last month.

The Massachusetts statewide health information exchange will enable patients across the Commonwealth to electronically access personal health information in real time, providing a secure link to essential data. This could happen over a website, smart phone, iPad, or other device, connecting patients with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their own health care or that of a family member. Patients who choose to participate in this exchange will join a network governed by industry best practices to ensure the privacy and security of personal health data.

Through the leadership of Governor Patrick and Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, secretary of health and human services, Massachusetts, in partnership with the private sector, is leading the nation in the acceleration of e-health technologies that improve our health care delivery system and save lives. Together, we’re building a better, stronger Commonwealth for us all.

Rick Shoup
Director
Massachusetts eHealth Institute
Boston