Regional Health Information Database

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Many times when a patient visits the emergency room, has labs drawn or other tests done, the results don't make it to their doctor in time for the follow-up appointment. This leads to repeated tests, aggravation, extra time and money.

So to improve health care in the area and cuts costs, the Capital Area Health Alliance has brought health care leaders together to replicate a digital health care information database used in only 20 other communities nationwide.

Included in the project are representatives from Sparrow Health System, Ingham Regional Medical Center, the Department of Community Health, Ingham County Health Department, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, private physicians and others.

The project is estimated to cost $2.5 to $3 million and is expected to get off the ground in about two-and-a-half years.

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