The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a two-year grant to the American Hospital Association, the College of American Pathologists and SureScripts, a provider of healthcare information network services, for development of what the CDC is calling a “lab interoperability cooperative.”
CDC awards $5 million grant for 'lab interoperability'
AHA, CAP and SureScripts will “recruit, educate and connect a minimum of 500 hospital labs – at least 100 will be critical access or rural hospitals – to the appropriate public health agencies,” according to a written statement.
As part of its duties, the group will provide any technical assistance needed for the hospitals to begin electronic transmission of lab results within six months.
The value of the CDC grant is $4.9 million, according to SureScripts spokesman Rob Cronin.
“The CDC is delighted to work with this diverse cooperative,” Seth Foldy, director of the CDC's Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office, said in the statement. “As a result of this effort, hundreds of hospitals will engage in electronic reporting that helps public health act more rapidly and efficiently to control disease.”
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