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Survey Being Conducted Nationwide on Health Information Exchange in Clinical Labs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Washington, DC, is conducting the National Survey on Health Information Exchange in Clinical Laboratories to give ONCpolicymakers a thorough understanding of electronic lab information exchange capacity and activity among clinical labs nationwide.

The survey includes:

  • Information on lab information exchange, including the volume of test results sent electronically,
  • Adoption of standards
  • Current information systems used
  • Barriers and facilitators for exchange

ONC will use the survey findings to monitor progress regarding electronic laboratory exchange, and to inform policies that promote the exchange of structured test results among labs and ordering providers.

Along with its partner, the National  Research Opinion Center at the University of Chicago, ONC is conducting the survey through May to a random sample of about 12,000 hospital and independent labs.

For more information, or to find out if your lab has been chosen to participate, e-mail labsurvey@nullnorc.org or call (800) 975-2754.

Survey results will be published this summer on www.healthIT.gov.

Labs are encouraged to participate.

[Source: ONC]