Last summer, a report prepared for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT called for the use of health information exchanges to share clinical data during natural disasters. The report, created by the Southeast Regional Health IT and Health Information Exchange Collaboration (SERCH)–a consortium of six Southeastern states including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas–suggested that state HIEs could work together to improve access to information both during and in the aftermath of events such as hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes.

It's good to see that HHS and ONC were listening.

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Source: ONC disaster-prep partnership a no-brainer