Federal government creates health information exchange standards – Newsletter

Federal government creates health information exchange standards – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

The federal government recently announced the adoption of the first set of uniform standards for the electronic exchange of clinical health information that will be used by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. These standards, which are part of the foundation of the National Health Information Infrastructure that will serve consumers, patients, health care providers, and public health professionals, will help improve the quality of health care by ensuring that federal entities use a common coding system to coordinate care and exchange needed information. This system of standardized information exchange will make it easier for health care providers to share relevant patient information and to identify emerging public health threats. This system will have security provisions to ensure the privacy of patient information.

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