- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Residents of Fairbanks and Interior Alaska will be the first in the state to benefit this winter from a new health information exchange.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the system will allow for the ability to exchange health information securely. The system is aimed at delivering faster and more effective emergency treatment, improved public health disease reporting and avoidance of duplicate testing and negative drug interactions. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services contracted with the nonprofit Alaska eHealth Network to deploy and operate the private, secure health information exchange for Alaska. It is one of nearly 200 being developed nationwide. Initial participants are set to include Fairbanks-based medical care providers, including Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Tanana Valley Clinic and Tanana Chiefs Conference.