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5/12/2016 Rep. Coughlin’s bill that updates RI Health Information Exchange passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Coughlin Jr.’s legislation (2016-H 7866) that updates the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange Act of 2008 passed the House of Representatives tonight. This legislation supports health care reform efforts while still protecting the confidential health care information contained within the state’s Health Information Exchange known as CurrentCare.  CurrentCare creates a centralized electronic health record for enrolled patients that allows health care providers, authorized by their patients, to access up-to-date critical information from across all of their medical records.  This legislation gives patients more control over their health care information.

“Updates are needed in this legislation because the way health care is being delivered and paid for is changing and we need to utilize emerging technologies in order to deliver the best possible health care to our state’s residents,” said Representative Coughlin (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket).  “CurrentCare brings more efficient and timely care for our residents by giving providers the ability to spend more of their time and energy on their patients.”  

The proposed legislation amends the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange Act of 2008 by allowing patients to authorize individuals, such as family members or care givers, to have access to their CurrentCare information.  This proposed legislation also recognizes that “team based care” is important and allows health plans to receive information from CurrentCare for care coordination and management. 

“Too often medical decisions are made being without the patient’s complete medical history.  This bill is important because it will allow patients, such as elderly residents, to designate and give authorization to a family member to receive their confidential health information, or to receive notice of hospital admissions or other medical emergencies.  Timing is critical and this legislation makes sure patients receive the care they need as fast as possible,” added Representative Coughlin.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903