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Electronic health information for Montana is focus of Helena meeting

April 24, 2008

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Promoting electronic information systems in Montana to improve health care will be the focus of a meeting of HealthShare Montana when that nonprofit group meets in Helena Friday, May 16.

"While health care professionals will want to be informed about the progress we're making, we hope that the public will be interested in learning about the program, too," said Kristin Juliar, director of the Montana Office of Rural Health at Montana State University and HealthShare Montana Board chairperson.

"Electronic health records and having the ability to exchange health information among health care providers is the direction that health care is moving," Juliar said. "So if you go to another community for care, your records can easily be transferred."

The meetings will be from noon to 5:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Hospital Education Center, 2475 Broadway in Helena.

In the past year, HealthShare Montana has made progress toward developing a continuity of care record that allows the exchange of health information, continued work to ensure the privacy and security of those records, and kept in contact with both federal and state legislators. The meeting will include both updates from work-groups and a talk by David C. Kibbe, a physician and director of the Center for Health Information Technology of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Contact: Kristin Juliar, (406) 994-6003 or kjuliar@montana.edu