REVIEWER: Liesa Jenkins, executive director, CareSpark.

BACKGROUND: CareSpark is a nonprofit health information exchange (HIE) serving the central Appalachian region, working to improve health through the collaborative use of health information. The CareSpark region includes 17 counties in the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia area, with approximately 750,000 residents, 18 hospitals and 1,200 physicians. CareSpark is developing a secure network that allows physician offices, hospitals, public health departments, pharmacies, laboratories, decision support services and others to communicate electronically in order to improve patient care and safety and reduce costs.

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