Health IT Policy Committee Panel Explores Information Exchange Needs for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

A Health IT Policy Committee panel is addressing problems and potential solutions for the future infrastructure for health information exchange in preparation for stage 2 meaningful use, according to a Government Health IT news report.

According to officials from the Office of the National Coordinator, more healthcare providers and organizations are beginning to use the Direct Project, a "push" exchange that allows providers to send patient information, such as lab results and health summaries, to other providers. Particularly, the exchange of lab information is expected to increase dramatically, according to the news report.

As a result, the ONC's Standards and Interoperability Framework is working toward value sets and standard specifications to make lab data exchange more financially and operationally viable.

Read the news report about data exchange.

Read other coverage about health information exchange:

- University of Maryland Researchers Develop Framework to Assess HIEs

- Advisory Panel Releases Best Practices for Physician Directories for Information Exchange

- ONC to Test Information-Sharing Tools This Fall

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