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Center recommends action to speed e-health information exchange

October 3, 2012

Primary care physicians, medical specialties and hospitals should collaborate to define common information-sharing needs to promote coordinated, value-based care, according to a report released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center. To speed the electronic exchange of health information, the report also calls for a national strategy and long-term plan for standards to support a broad set of health information exchange priorities; a national strategy to more accurately match patients to their health information; extending Stark Law exceptions and anti-kickback safe harbors for donations of health information technology; and comprehensive and clear guidance for complying with federal privacy and security laws, among other actions. A related BPC report looks at clinician needs and preferences for electronic health information to support patient care transitions. More than 80% of clinicians surveyed for the report rated medication lists and laboratory and imaging test results as very important or essential types of patient health information to receive during care transitions.