A partnership of major healthcare organizations has launched a "virtual clipboard" initiative aimed at developing an effective and consistent industry blueprint for a mobile app that will standardize patient intake information and reduce wasted effort and errors.

The partnering organizations, including the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and Medical Group Management Association, assembled more than 40 representatives from major health plans, providers, health IT vendors, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in announcing the plan on December 16. WEDI executives said the meeting was the first step of a campaign to develop and pilot an effective and consistent industry blueprint for the patient intake process, including automating the collection of critical health insurance and demographic information.

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