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In an age when financial records move from nation to nation digitally, and everything from drivers licenses to school records are kept in a digital format, most doctors offices and hospitals still maintain reams and reams of cumbersome and inefficient paper medical records for patients. But now, the Department of Health and Human Services is about to seek public comment on "the holy grail" for health care providers: a fully electronic, digital health record system for the everyone.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will approval organizations to test and certify electronic health records hardware and software. Vendors should be able to submit products to be evaluated this fall.
Dr. David Blumenthal is leaving his post as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
The next stage of meaningful use will demand even more health information exchange, says HHS's Dr. David Blumenthal.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology wants to make exchanging electronic health records as easy as sending an e-mail.
The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT will spend the next year making it easier for health care providers to share patient data. Data sharing and interoperability are one of four major barriers the federal government is helping doctors and hospitals overcome.
The Department of Health and Human Services continues to be the lead agency for the Obama Administration's priority of establishing a nationwide system of permanent electronic health records. But at least one large stakeholder group working with HHS is looking for some changes to the program.