The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has established the ambitious goal of connecting the nation’s health information exchanges—both public and private—by the end of 2016 to make a big push toward nationwide interoperability.    

“We have built—through the hard work of the private sector, states, and support from the HITECH Act—an infrastructure in this country where essentially every state has a health information highway,” said National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D. “Our goal is to see that we can connect those highways—including the health information exchanges but also the private sector exchanges—in the entire country within a year.”

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