National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., has laid out her office’s 2016 goals which include connecting health information exchanges across the “entire country within a year,” as part of the agency’s big push towards interoperability on a national level.  

In a Dec. 8 speech before the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., DeSalvo observed that some communities such as Maryland are “already connected across state lines” and that ONC’s ultimate objective is to achieve nationwide HIE in 2016. However, three prominent interoperability experts dismiss the realistic chance of this goal being met.

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