Members of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association, a vendor trade group, have developed a white paper that lays out a framework for health information exchange by connecting EHRs more rapidly.

"This white paper concentrates on mechanisms for actual data exchange by presenting five use cases and related scenarios, as well as the currently available standards required to support them," says Charlie Jarvis, vice president at NextGen Healthcare Information Systems. The approaches taken support Internet-based XML protocols connecting EHRs and providers, with opportunities to connect to public health agencies and state-based initiatives such as immunization registries, he adds.

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