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Improving Coordination Between Hospitals and EMS Through Health Data Exchange

To date, the federal government's efforts have largely focused on encouraging hospitals and ambulatory care providers to adopt electronic health records so that they may share health information electronically with one another. With that task well underway, a new focus area is emerging: connecting emergency medical service providers with hospitals.

To this end, HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response launched a new "collaborative community campaign" called "Health IT and EMS" to spark new ideas about how to involve EMS providers in electronic health information exchange.

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