Illinois healthcare providers moved one step closer to interoperable electronic data sharing as Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill creating the Health Information Exchange Authority.
Under the new law, the state authority will establish and oversee the Illinois Health Information Exchange and will work to promote adoption of electronic health-record systems and health information exchange participation.
Illinois will receive $18.8 million in federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to develop and maintain the exchange, according to a news release.
The law passed the state's General Assembly unanimously and will take effect immediately.