Maryland’s Health IT Plan OK’d by Federal Government

Maryland is now eligible for stimulus funding following the federal government’s stamp of approval on the state’s health IT plan.

The move allows the Old Line State to begin spending some $25 million in Recovery Act cash on the development and execution of a new medical record exchange system.

According to Washington Business Journal, “proponents of the exchange say it will cut costs and improve health care quality by streamlining the transfer of electronic health data between hospitals, physicians and patients.”

New Mexico and Utah joined Maryland recently in receiving health information technology Recovery Act funding  from the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will allow the Collaborative to push ahead with its plan to serve 2 million patients throughout the state,” New Mexico Business Journal reported.  “Patients with diabetes, asthma, depression and lower back pain can log on to a secure website to check their medical records. That allows them to compare their medical progress with other patients who have the same conditions.  The project was a first in the U.S. because all health care providers in the Albuquerque area agreed to share claims information.”

Utah is being handed a reported $16 million to develop the state’s Clinical Health Information Exchange.

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