After considering more than 200 comments to a March 2013 request for information on ways to accelerate health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have identified a set of principles to guide new strategies.

The principles in three categories--Accelerating HIE, Advancing Standards and Interoperability and Consumer/Patient Engagement--work toward three core goals: To improve the patient experience, improve population health management and reduce the total cost of care, all facilitated by supporting new models of payment. The next step is to develop policies and programs so that information flows to where it needs to be and supports care coordination, said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national HIT coordinator, during a Web presentation on August 7.

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