- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A health information network used by some Washington hospitals has shut down, and the hospitals don’t have a replacement in place.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports Medical Information Network-North Sound, which shut down last month, was created and funded by Skagit County’s three hospitals in 2008 to help the hospitals, clinics and other medical organizations transfer patient health records.

United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley dropped out in 2010, leaving Island Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital as the exchange’s primary funders.

Until the hospitals finalize plans with their new partner, Reliance eHealth Collaborative, patients may experience slower communication between their health care providers.

Right now, the only way records can be shared between hospitals is via fax.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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