All locations have the the same medical records at all facilities and now they can consult with each other coast to coast.  The patients and records were already connected and now the physicians are connected.  BD 

The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and The Permanente Medical Group, a national medical group, have formed a bi-coastal affiliation that will unite 7,000 physicians.  Since both groups use the same electronic medical records system, physicians in both groups will be able to consult with each other to obtain additional opinions and expertise.

Robert Pearl will become Rockville-based Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group’s new president and CEO Jan. 1, 2009. He will continue is also executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, which is based in Oakland, Calif.

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2008/07/21/daily20.html

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