Earlier this month Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, published a letter describing the benefits of health information exchange.  In his letter, Dr. Blumenthal highlights four aims of health information exchange in the HITECH Act:

  • It squarely tackles commercial barriers
  • It tackles the economic barriers
  • It tackles the technical barriers
  • It provides building blocks for information exchange across jurisdictions 

In Washington,  OneHealthPort has been designated the lead organization for Washington Health Information Exchange.  Approximately $11.3 Million of federal funding is expected during the first quarter of 2010 for Washington based health information exchange activities. 

To read Dr. Blumenthal’s letter in its entirety please click here.