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Health group pushes info sharing

Last year, the foundation, with a $2 million initial investment, formed a public/private collaboration called Connecting for Health, which includes more than 100 participating organizations. The consortium has been working on creating common data standards for interoperability, securing the private transmission of medical information, including sharing and management, and developing a framework of what consumers will need and expect from an interconnected health information system. An interconnected health system facilitated through IT, advocates say, could mean better data security, fewer errors, real-time exchange for critical information, better response to situations and ultimately lower costs for providers, payers and consumers. Markle, with eHealth Initiative, a nonprofit group whose goal is to improve health care via technology, also launched the Health Collaborative Network as a tangible model for electronic data interchange. Full Story

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