Expert: Interoperability, data sharing key to maximizing health IT

03/22/2009 | PCWorld

Hospitals, doctors and other health care providers need to implement computerized records and other health IT systems that have "data liquidity" to facilitate information sharing and maximize the $19 billion allotted for HIT initiatives in the economic-stimulus plan, said Dr. Doug Henley of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Speaking at a forum organized by IBM and the eHealth Initiative, Henley also recommended that small and midsize practices receive most of the funding because they deliver 70% to 85% of health care in the country.

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