HHS said it has commissioned the Institute of Medicine to create a model electronic record that the agency will share free of charge across the healthcare system. The model record is expected to be ready in 2004. In addition, furthering its plans to foster a standard electronic medical records system, HHS licensed for general use a medical vocabulary system developed by the College of American Pathologists. Under the five-year, $32.4 million licensing agreement, any healthcare organization will be free to use the CAP terminology, HHS said. The agreement "will make it possible for healthcare providers, hospitals, insurance companies, public health departments, medical research facilities and others to easily incorporate this uniform technology system into their information systems," the agency said. -- by Jeff Tieman
HHS moves forward on standard electronic record
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