The federal government should avoid the temptation to require wide use of very limited approaches to health information exchange as it sets 2011 criteria for meaningful use of electronic health records, according to recent testimony from GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis.

In written testimony to the HIT Policy Committee's nationwide health information network workgroup, Mark Segal, director of government and industry affairs at GE Healthcare's I.T. unit, endorsed anticipated minimum HIE requirements. "The focus for 2011, consistent with the expected meaningful use criteria, should be to ensure that providers have EHRs capable of supporting standards-based HIE and can engage in the relatively modest forms of HIE we anticipate will be required for 2011," Segal wrote. "This approach will set the stage for stronger and more valuable HIE from 2013 on."

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