State nonprofit to launch health info system

Database aimed at improving patient care

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:04:18 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 23 2013 10:49:16 AM CDT
Woman with doctor test results
MILWAUKEE -

A database operated by a nonprofit group could soon provide hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other health care providers in Wisconsin to easily exchange patients' medical information.

The Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network, or WISHIN, said it has the basic building blocks in place and expects to begin adding hospitals to its information network this year. The network eventually will give doctors and other health care providers secure access to such things as patients' medical histories, prescriptions, allergies and test results.

The goal is to help doctors make better decisions, improve the coordination of care and reduce repeat tests.

WISHIN Chief Executive Officer Joe Kachelski told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel there isn't a date set yet to launch the network but it is close to going live.