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Successful Demonstration of Health Information Exchange Opens ARRA Stimulus Options for California
Date:6/28/2009

tronic health records (EHR) by 2014.

"Our NHIN Gateway is a federally-funded asset and we can now use this resource to rapidly expand the ability to improve patient care by connecting with other health information exchanges in the state simply by using national standards," states Laura Landry, Executive Director of Long Beach Network for Health. "California needs the ability to share patient data across regions to the point of care, and we have just demonstrated how to do that using the Internet as the backbone and the NHIN standards as the on-ramp. Now that the technical challenge is solved, we are looking forward to the NHIN governance evolving in order to solve the policy challenges and share real patient data for patient care."

The ARRA 2009 stimulus legislation, signed into law in February, provides incentives for the adoption of certified EHR technology, with grants and loans offered to participants to improve care to patients. Once this technology becomes more widespread, it will be easier for doctors and other members of care teams to have a more complete picture of a patient's health status regardless of where each member is located.

"We have signed the necessary agreements and set up policies in order to expand beyond our current exchange and to offer the community the ability to securely link directly to the NHIN through our product," comments Keith Matsutsuyu, CEO of ELM Technologies, the operator of ER Connect -Orange County, the current health information exchange in Orange County.

"The demonstration illustrated the power and importance of standards," said Bill Beighe, Chief Information Officer for Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz. "We showed that a mixture of commercial and open source NHIN Gateways running on different hardware and EHR software platforms could seamlessly exchange clinical data."

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