ConnectVirginia.org launches, engaging both health-care providers and patients
ConnectVirginia, the Statewide Health Information Exchange for the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced today that its website, ConnectVirginia.org, is now available to citizens, health care providers, and other stakeholders. ConnectVirginia provides a secure, confidential electronic system to support the exchange of patient medical records among participating health care providers in Virginia and beyond.
According to ConnectVirginia Executive Director Sandy McCleaf, MBA, the website serves several important purposes including stakeholder engagement. Ms. McCleaf shared, “ConnectVirginia.org serves as a place where consumers and providers of health care services can learn why health information exchange is so important and how they can participate if they choose to do so. In addition, we are operating ConnectVirginia in an open and transparent manner, so the website is a means for the public to stay informed about learning opportunities, public meetings, governance and policy aspects.”
State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP, commented, “ConnectVirginia allows for consumers and providers of health services to be empowered to make good decisions based on secure, timely, accurate, comprehensive and easily accessible information for coordination of care. I encourage and invite all Virginians to visit ConnectVirginia.org to learn more about this important initiative.”
ConnectVirginia.org will also serve as the launching point for ConnectVirginia’s DIRECT Messaging, a secure messaging service for provider-to-provider communication.