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When Disaster Strikes: Preparing to Weather the Storm

Nov 1, 2018, Mary Butler, Journal of Ahima

The United States healthcare system has learned a lot of lessons in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed an estimated 400,000 medical records in a matter of hours, according to a Journal of AHIMA analysis of the event. The rapid adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) in the years since the disaster has helped ensure that the health information of evacuees and individuals who ride out future storms at home will retain access to critical information.

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HIEs provide access to patient records in wake of Hurricane Michael

October 24, 2018, Yumeng Ren, SearchHealthIT

By October 18, Hurricane Michael, the strongest U.S. storm in terms of maximum sustained wind speed since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, left 35 people dead and displaced over 300,000 people in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. In preparation for the storm, the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) connected HIEs throughout the Southeast to make sure providers in surrounding states had access to patient records, taking into consideration the needs of evacuees who were injured from the disaster or needed to be transferred from their home-based healthcare facilities.

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Health IT Protecting Our Most Vulnerable at the County Jail

October 22, 2018, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

The story we want to tell involves a great community need, the commitment of local government, a willingness to partner, a couple of lucky breaks and good timing – that has all helped establish a system that is saving lives every day

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Health information exchanges prepare for patient displacement as Hurricane Michael gains steam

Oct 10, 2018, Evan Sweeney, Fierce Healthcare

As Hurricane Michael touched down on the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, health information exchanges (HIEs) in the surrounding states were readying their emergency plans to allow clinicians to access medical records for displaced patients.

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HHS waives HIPAA sanctions for hospitals affected by Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018, Alyssa Rege, Becker's Hospital Review

HHS issued a bulletin earlier this week waiving sanctions and penalties against covered hospitals affected by Hurricane Florence, which hit the Southeastern coastline Sept. 14, according to CNN.

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As Hurricane Florence hits, health information exchanges fill in patient data gaps

September 14, 2018, Rachel Z. Arndt, Modern Health Care

As Hurricane Florence pummels the south and east coast this weekend, healthcare providers will turn to health information exchanges to get patient data.

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The Power of Data Exchange as Disaster Strikes: How HIE Leaders Have Prepared for Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018, Rajiv Leventhal, HC Innovation Group

As the nation—particularly the Southeast U.S.—braces for the force of Hurricane Florence, which as of the time of this publishing has made landfall in North Carolina, just a day after Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency for every county in the state, healthcare and health IT leaders continue to work in overdrive to help those in need.

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Health Information Exchanges Are the Hidden Heroes of Hurricane Season

Septmeber 14, 2018, Jack Murtha, iDigital Health

In the sprawling world of health tech, it’s easy for critical but understated technologies and initiatives to get lost in the hype. Health information exchanges (HIEs) fit that description, lacking the publicity power of brand-name wearables and the intrigue of artificial intelligence.

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Hospitals, telehealth providers prepare for Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018, Meg Bryant, Health Care Dive

Telehealth companies played a major role during last year's brutal hurricane season, assessing needs before, during and after each storm and adjusting offerings as needed to meet victims' needs. The governors of Texas and Florida lifted restrictions on cross-border providers so that out-of-state doctors could provide care to people in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma.

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