Though it hasn't gotten as much attention, one of the biggest recipients of largesse from President Barack Obama's stimulus package is the health care information technology industry. The bill requires utilization of electronic health care records for everyone in the U.S. by 2014, when only about 28 percent of health care providers use such systems now. The effort is intended to streamline health care records, reduce test duplication, and reduce errors. (Want to [URL="http://readthestimulus.org/amdth1.pdf"]read it for yourself[/URL]? Start on page 230.) Health data exchanges, also known as health information exchanges (HIEs) and regional health information organizations (RHIOs), provide a standard …

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