Patient care today involves a variety of providers and specialists. Unfortunately, practitioners currently have no systemized way to get the whole picture of one's healthcare needs and history.
currentcare, Rhode Island's health information exchange system, is an electronic network that gives medical professionals access to their patient's health information. It will help healthcare providers give their patients the best possible care by giving healthcare providers access to their patient's health information, including information that comes from other providers. Health care consumers can choose to participate in currentcare and can control who can access their health information.
In 2005, The Rhode Island Department of Health was one of six states to be awarded a demonstration contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to design and develop a statewide Health Information Exchange (more). Currentcare has been developed through a a public-private partnership with the Rhode Island Quality Institute.
The development of currentcare has engaged many interested individuals and organizations, including but not limited to consumers, health care providers, hospitals, state agencies, health plans, consumer advocacy organizations, legal and ethical experts, community health centers, academic and business leaders, and many other professional associations. These groups have served on committees at the Rhode Island Quality Institute to resolve the many technical, legal, privacy and operational issues associated with the project (more). The creation of a Health Information Exchange Advisory Commission has been mandated by the The Health Information Exchange Act of 2008. This commission will make recommendations to the Director of Health regarding the use of confidential health information in the statewide health information exchange.