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CMS and ONC Present Strategy for Advancing Health Information Exchange

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted a webinar last week outlining their response to public comments on the recent interoperability request for information regarding policies that will strengthen the nationwide exchange of health information. In response to comments, the agencies have developed a set of guiding principles to ensure the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is properly building on the foundation of the electronic health incentive programs and the ONC HIT certification program. The agencies also describe actions they will take to accelerate health information exchange, such as developing additional guidance material; developing and maturing the necessary standards for interoperability; enabling patient access to electronic laboratory test results and facilitating the exchange of those results; and facilitating the development of provider directories. To view the agencies’ presentation, visit www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/onc_cms_accelerating_hie_webinar.pdf.

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