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BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In its continuing efforts to help the health care industry accelerate the use of electronic medical records, Verizon is expanding its Medical Data Exchange platform to allow more types of digital patient health data to be shared.

Previously, the Verizon Medical Data Exchange facilitated transcriptionist-to-physician and physician-to-physician sharing of dictated notes – itself a significant step in the adoption of electronic medical records.  The expanded offering now enables a wider range of health care providers – from large health systems to rural hospitals to small physician practices – to securely and privately share additional digital records such as X-rays and lab results.

To help enable this transition, Verizon is introducing new IT consulting services that are well-suited to meet the needs of providers that can now use the Medical Data Exchange. These professional services will help members of the exchange quickly leverage the nationally available platform as more providers increasingly embrace electronic medical records.

"The Verizon Medical Data Exchange is a first-of-its-kind platform and another important step in realizing the promise of a truly digitized health care system in the U.S.," said Peter Tippett, vice president – technology and innovation, Verizon Business.  "The expanded capabilities of our data exchange will help accelerate the shift from paper-based to electronic-based medical records, and in the process help speed patient diagnoses and drive productivity and cost efficiency throughout the U.S. health care system."

Verizon continues to sign on new members to the expanded exchange, including Alert Notification, a personalized emergency notification and health records provider; '/>"/>

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