North Dakota Health Information Network centralizes online patient medical records

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North Dakota doctors will now have online access to patient files.

The North Dakota Health Information Network will allow health care providers to share critical medical records.

It could help save lives by providing a patient's medical history, if the patient can't answer questions.

"We're working to make sure that North Dakota citizens, that their information can be accessed by their different providers,” said North Dakota Health Information Technology Director Shila Thorson. “Hopefully decreasing paperwork for the patient, and making ease of their information to be accessed by those that they need to provide better patient-care experience."

Each patient's file will include things such as medical histories, prescriptions and referrals from their hospitals and health care providers. The new system has undergone multiple tests for security both externally and internally.