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Q&A with Cheryl Stephens on nationwide health data exchange

March 23, 2012, 9:33 am by Healthcare IT News

When ONC stands up the NwHIN Exchange in October there will be at least 25 partners spanning military, private and public health entities sharing patient records with each other on the back of various standards. Among those is the Community Health Information Collaborative (CHIC), which, thanks to NwHIN-Exchange, swaps health information with partners, and garnered contracts with the VA and SSA that ultimately improve care delivery for residents near its Duluth, Minn. headquarters. Election Feature Content:  No sticky read more

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Hackers hit health system, had full year access to files
Healthcare IT News : May 27, 2015, 8:02 am
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AHRQ aims to boost heart health
Healthcare IT News : May 27, 2015, 7:55 am
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Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans
Healthcare IT News : May 27, 2015, 7:28 am
Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care. The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines. [See also: States forge ahead with telehealth coverage.] Telehealth read more