Improving Medical Record Access

April 13, 2017
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This worksheet helps hospitals facilitate access to patient records during an emergency incident necessitating evacuation. Hospitals are encouraged to use the worksheet to:

  • Better understand the methods your hospital can use to share patient medical records with other institutions
  • Have planning conversations with hospitals to which your hospital is likely to send patients or receive patients from

The worksheet was developed through a collaborative effort co-led by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and GNYHA that convened clinicians, emergency managers, health information technology specialists, transfer center leadership, and others from 10 hospitals and health systems, as well as government agencies, including the New York State Department of Health, and medical transport organizations.