Iowa, Louisiana Receive Federal Approval for Health Data Exchanges

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has approved Iowa's plan for a health information exchange, paving the way for the release of $8.38 million in federal funding over the next four years, the Des Moines Register reports (Jacobs, Des Moines Register, 2/9).

The health data exchange, called Iowa e-Health, will allow for the secure exchange of health information among health care providers, with patients' permission. The strategic and operational plan was developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, with the help of the e-Health Executive Committee and Advisory Council (WOWT News, 2/11).

Louisiana's Health Information Exchange Gets Final Approval

ONC also approved the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum's strategic and operational plan for a health information exchange, giving the state access to the remaining grant funding to build the Louisiana Health Information Exchange, Bayou Buzz reports.

In March 2010, the Quality Forum received a $10.6 million federal grant for its health data exchange. Initial funding was used for strategic planning and research to develop the state's plan. Use of the remaining grant funding was contingent upon ONC's approval of the plan (Bayou Buzz, 2/11).


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