Humboldt County is on the forefront of the medical technology trend that is transpiring across the nation. Not only have larger practices in the county begun to adopt electronic medical records (EMRs), but Humboldt is one of the few counties in the state to have an operational health information exchange (HIE). Called the North Coast Health Information Network (NCHIN), this HIE is an electronic hub that helps transfer patient information between their medical providers. NCHIN is in its beginning stages and has already made steps towards achieving a more efficient medical system. This Policy Conversation will explore the privacy framework related to electronic recordkeeping, explain the context for EMRs and provide an update on how NCHIN is helping Humboldt County.
by Melissa Jones, JD, Health Policy Analyst
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