Recent comments from the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association on a proposed national health information technology Interoperability Roadmap urge that parts of the project move swiftly while other initiatives should slow down.

In a letter to National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the association urges recognizing and leveraging the work of existing operational health information exchange initiatives, particularly eHealth Exchange, CommonWell Health Alliance and the Care Connectivity Consortium. Though the projects have different governance models, they all share the same technical approaches for patient identification and document queries.

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