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The Indiana Network for Patient Care: A Case Study of a Successful Healthcare Data Sharing Agreement.
Healthcare costs have risen dramatically in the past few years and these increases are hurting employers, patients, payers, and healthcare providers alike. One important way to reduce such costs is to enable and facilitate healthcare data sharing with appropriate privacy and security protections. The most significant benefit to healthcare data sharing is the improvement of the quality and efficiency of clinical care by having access to the complete mosaic of a patient’s records at the point-of-care. Such access will reduce medical errors and duplication of tests. Further, healthcare data sharing can also enhance public health through advanced biosurveillance methods and streamlined collection of data for quality measurement and research.