QSource, ICA partner on health record exchange test

A local nonprofit and a Vanderbilt University-birthed technology company are issuing a call to communities across the state to participate in a health record exchange test program dubbed Tennessee Direct Project.

The project will test an infrastructure — not yet created — designed to electronically transfer health record information safely and efficiently. QSource, a Nashville-based health care quality improvement and technology nonprofit, and ICA, a Vanderbilt-created and now standalone health information technology concern, are collaborating to lead the project and are asking communities statewide to participate.

“The healthcare industry demands greater efficiency and cost reduction, and sharing health information is needed to operate in this new environment,” Dawn Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of Qsource, said in a statement linked here.

Officials plan to begin testing the program in early 2013 and are asking communities that want to participate to contact QSource.