Earlier this month Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, published a letter describing the benefits of health information exchange. In his letter, Dr. Blumenthal highlights four aims of health information exchange in the HITECH Act:
- It squarely tackles commercial barriers
- It tackles the economic barriers
- It tackles the technical barriers
- It provides building blocks for information exchange across jurisdictions
In Washington, OneHealthPort has been designated the lead organization for Washington Health Information Exchange. Approximately $11.3 Million of federal funding is expected during the first quarter of 2010 for Washington based health information exchange activities.
To read Dr. Blumenthal’s letter in its entirety please click here.