- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials say Iowa and Nebraska medical records networks have been connected so records can be quickly shared over a secure link.

The link between the Iowa Health Information Network and the Nebraska Health Information Initiative lets health care providers send and receive messages.

A spokeswoman for the Iowa system, Polly Carver-Kimm, told The Daily Nonpareil newspaper in Council Bluffs that the link is “similar to email, only more secure and encrypted.”

Patient permission is required before private information can be shared between health systems.

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