Medical Site Launched for Katrina Evacuees

 
 
By Stacy Lawrence  |  Posted 2005-09-22 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Online access to prescription medical records of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina is being provided to health care providers through a coalition of more than 150 public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Just as Hurricane Rita threatens the Gulf Coast, a health-care site has been launched today to allow medical professionals access to the prescription medical records of some of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees now scattered throughout the nation. Located at KatrinaHealth.org, the online site will give authorized health professionals and pharmacies access to evacuees medication and dosage information in order to renew prescriptions, prescribe new medications, and coordinate care. This information will be accessible from anywhere in the country. To read more about electronic health data helping Katrina victims, click here.
"Nearly 40 percent of evacuees were taking prescription medications before the storm hit, and many more need new or additional medications now," noted Dr. Carol Diamond, managing director of the health care program at the Markle Foundation.
The information on the site was compiled and made accessible by a coalition of more than 150 organizations including private electronic prescription companies like SureScripts, Gold Standard, and RxHub, public agencies such as the Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology, and national organizations like the Markle Foundation.
Before setting up this service, the coalition contacted state first responders and American Red Cross workers, who agreed that this service would be very helpful to those caring for Katrina evacuees. Read the full story on CIOInsight.com: Medical Site Launched for Katrina Evacuees Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis of technologys impact on health care.
 
 
 
 
Stacy Lawrence is co-editor of CIOInsight.com's Health Care Center. Lawrence has covered IT and the life sciences for various publications, including Business 2.0, Red Herring, The Industry Standard and Nature Biotechnology. Before becoming a journalist, Lawrence attended New York University and continued on in the sociology doctoral program at UC Berkeley.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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