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Karen DeSalvo Pushes for Interoperability with Other Arenas to Build Health IT Systems

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Karen DeSalvo
Karen DeSalvo

Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes there are assets and methods outside of the medicine space that healthcare professionals could use to develop health IT systems, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

Billy Mitchell writes the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the Health and Human Services Department plans to collaborate with the U.S. Postal Service to build health record interoperability tools.

“They have hundreds of thousands of employees for whom they are making a personal health record and a portal so they can access their health information,” DeSalvo told a discussion panel.

“They also have a potential platform to create a way that every American has an identifier, like an address they registered online,” she said during the ACT-IAC health care panel.

David Bowen, chief information officer of the Military Health System and director of health IT for the Defense Health Agency, also told the panel that the Defense Department must standardize different services in order to organize its health records.

“All of our military treatment facilities, our 400 or so hospitals and clinics, have been pretty much been doing their own things in terms of infrastructure, and so now we’ve got to get our arms around that and provide a standardized platform,” Bowen said.

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