The US state of Maryland has received start-up funding of $10m to implement a state-wide health information exchange (HIE) to improve the quality of patient care.

The funding, to be provided by reimbursement rate adjustments, was approved by the Health Services Cost Review Commission over the next two to five years.

The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) organisation will build the HIE and enable clinical information to move electronically among healthcare providers.

Linking health systems and hospitals across Maryland will allow doctors to make better decisions by having more information available at the point of care, CRISP board member and Erickson Retirement Communities chief medical officer Matt Narrett said.

“Not only should this lower cost and boost outcomes, it should boost the patient experience as well,” Narrett said.