CDC grant to help hospitals share lab results with public health agencies

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The AHA, College of American Pathologists and Surescripts e-prescribing network have received a $4.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help at least 500 hospital laboratories electronically transmit reportable laboratory results to the appropriate public health agencies. "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," said Seth Foldy, director of the CDC's Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock, said America's hospitals "are working to advance the quality of care they provide to patients and communities through greater adoption and use of electronic health records. The challenge now is to extend its use and integrate it into the routine care processes in all hospitals, big and small, in both rural and urban areas and efforts like the one today take us in that direction."

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