Camden health centers will share information

    Camden, New Jersey is set to enter the digital age when it comes to communication between hospitals and doctors.

    Camden, New Jersey is set to enter the digital age when it comes to communication between hospitals and doctors.

    Community grants and state funds will pay for a health information exchange to link the city’s three largest medical centers: The Lourdes Health System, Cooper University Hospital and Virtua Camden. Two diagnostic testing labs will also participate.

    Cooper Hospital physician Jeff Brenner helped plan the project.

    Brenner: You’ll be able to log-in to a password protected Web site and see the labs, x-rays, scans, MRI results, discharge summaries, information on their ER visit, all with the press of a button.

    Today when Brenner sees a patient just released from the hospital, he often has trouble getting the information he needs to provide good follow-up care. He says many of his patients speak limited English or have poor reading skills. Other patients do not remember or are confused about their ER doctor’s instructions.

    Brenner: It can take a week for me to collect all of their records, in the meantime, I have have decisions to make.

    Planners say the information exchange will launch in early 2010. Setting up and running the network will cost $200,000 in the first year.

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