Montana is developing an electronic health information exchange. The exchange will allow providers to access a patient’s complete medical record to improve coordination of care, eliminate duplication of tests and reduce health care costs, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Wednesday.
The state has received a nearly $19 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help pay for the project. It will connect the state’s physicians, hospitals, primary care providers, pharmacies, labs and medical imaging providers.
Montana is one of two states without such an exchange, said Jean Branscum, the CEO of the Montana Medical Association.
Bullock signed an executive order Wednesday designating Big Sky Care Connect to oversee the state’s health information exchange. It plans to start sharing data next year.