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ONC surveying clinical labs about health information exchange

January 28, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is surveying a random sample of 14,000 clinical laboratories, including 2,729 hospital-based labs, to better understand their capacity to electronically exchange lab information. Topics include the volume of test results sent electronically, adoption of standards, current systems, and barriers and facilitators for exchange. Survey results will be posted this summer at www.HealthIT.gov. ONC plans to use the findings to monitor progress and develop policies that promote the exchange of structured test results among laboratories and ordering providers.