Tenn., AT&T create statewide electronic exchange for medical info

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is partnering with Tennessee to provide the country's first statewide system to electronically exchange patient medical information.

The system is designed to securely transmit detailed patient information between medical professionals. It will allow doctors to access medical histories, prescribe medicines over the Internet and transfer images like X-rays, MRIs and CT scans.

Diane Turcan is director of health care marketing for AT&T in Atlanta.

She says Tennessee's program is seen as a model for other states and may be a springboard for interstate information sharing networks in the future.

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