U.S. Pushes For EMR Standards

Jan. 7, 2010

From InformationWeek

In a move to streamline medical records, Medicare officials have detailed plans to standardize medical files so they can be stored and delivered in comprehensive electronic files.

Announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the proposed standards are aimed at helping release $19 billion in federal stimulus funds. The standards are expected to be developed over a period of several months. The program is designed to coax the medical establishment to move away from paper files and to pave the way for currently incompatible files to be accessible in standard formats.

“Widespread adoption of electronic health records holds great promise for improving health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety,” said the Health and Human Services Department’s David Blumenthal in a statement. Blumenthal is the health department’s national coordinator for Health information Technology.

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