The Obama Administration shepherded through the HITECH Act in 2009 to accelerate adoption of information technology to support the health care reform initiative, which heavily relies on I.T. and health information exchange to manage a new health system centered on the patient, value and outcomes.
One of the centerpieces of the effort was support for the development of health information exchanges. The government threw $564 million into the effort to create statewide HIEs, and some states followed suit with their own financial support.
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