health__web.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida plans to sign a $19 million, four-year contract with Harris Corp. for an electronic health care information-sharing network.


Officials with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday the secure statewide network will let doctors, hospitals and other health care providers statewide obtain patient records authorized by law.

It's expected to begin in phases starting in July 2011 with full implementation by the spring of 2014.

Interim agency secretary Liz Dudek says the network will give providers more complete and timely information. She says that should improve coordination, help avoid duplication of tests and encourage preventive care.

Harris is based in Melbourne on Florida's Space Coast.