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The Ties That Heal (and Boost Efficiency)

Nov 02, 2010

When Dr. Mark Sandock's medical practice signed up to share data using the Michiana Health Information Network, five doctors in the internal medicine part of the group saved $1 million in transcription costs in the first year alone. Doctors at the South Bend, Ind., practice no longer have to dictate reports on lab and other medical tests for the hundreds of patients who are tested at outside facilities each week and whose results were previously sent back on paper. Instead, the MHIN network sends the doctor an e-mail alert when a patient's lab results are available, and it automatically feeds the results into the patient?s electronic health record.

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