Health Information Exchanges Prepare for Patient Displacement as Hurricane Michael Gains Steam

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.

HIEs have carved out an increasingly important role in disaster response in preparation for when hospitals are evacuating patients to surrounding states and residents fleeing their homes seek medical care in surrounding regions.

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