Several of the nation’s largest players in the private sector have committed to an initiative to improve the ability of providers and patients to share and use information in electronic health records.

The effort has gained support from some of the nation’s largest developers of electronic health records systems, representing 90 percent of the health records used by U.S. hospitals, said Sylvia M. Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Monday evening during a keynote address at the opening of the annual conference of the Health Information Management and Systems Society in Las Vegas.

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