U.S., Europe sign accord to foster EHR compatibility
The United States and the European Commission have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on compatible formats for EHRs (electronic health records) and to promote education in health care technology.
Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced and signed the memorandum on Dec. 17 at the Transatlantic Economic Council, a political organization that fosters economic cooperation between governments.
Interoperability of EHRs is essential for the e-health market to grow globally, according to the Commission.
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