Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange creates common platform for sharing medical data

May 12, 2008

Pennsylvania creates system to share medical data across various information technology platforms for better reporting and to prevent medical errors

Governor Edward G. Rendell has signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange (PHX), a framework to support statewide interoperable electronic health records and electronic prescribing data. The system is designed to bring together data from various systems and make it easier to share patient data with healthcare providers. "Giving clinicians access to data about their patients' care by other providers will result in fewer medical errors and better continuity of care," Governor Rendell said. "And reporting of vital statistics and diseases will be more efficient and complete."