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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

You Can Bet Your Life on IT

The folks at Government Health IT report the following:

A new report from a national consulting firm calls for shifting the focus of the national health information technology strategy away from electronic health records and toward the sharing of information.

Booz Allen Hamilton released the report, “Toward Health Information Liquidity: Realization of Better, More Efficient Care From the Free Flow of Health Information,” at a press conference in Washington today. The Federation of American Hospitals, which represents for-profit hospitals, helped pay for the report.

“We urge consideration of a strategy that accelerates the exchange of critical consumer health information such as prescription drug information, lab results and medical imaging,” the report states. It calls on the government to adopt new policies toward that end.

You can get the report here: