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Feds announce plans to push health information exchange adoption

Healthcare organizations trying to participate in health information exchanges may soon get assistance from the federal government. 

The federal government will begin offering both money and new standards to guide the development of HIEs and encourage healthcare providers to use them, the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology announced recently.

The government won’t set up health information exchanges, but rather set standards for state-level exchanges to allow information in electronic health record (EHR) systems to be shared across different network platforms, ComputerWorld reports.

Use of HIEs will be voluntary, the ONC said, but the government will grant incentives and assess penalties to encourage providers to share information in a certified way.

More details for the government’s plan will be worked out after the comment period for Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules ends on May 7. We’ll keep you posted.

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