In furtherance of the government's objective to foster interoperability in health records, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a grant of nearly $5 million to fund a joint project involving the American Hospital Association, the College of American Pathology, and Surescripts. A press release issued by Surescripts this week reports that the three entities will form a "Lab Interoperability Cooperative" that will connect at least 500 hospital laboratories with public health agencies and enable the hospitals to electronically transmit lab results to the public agencies in real time. This will assist the hospitals in satisfying one component of the national "meaningful use" standards applicable to electronic health record technology. The cooperative will recruit participants, educate hospitals and pathologists, and provide technical support to participating hospitals. The grant was announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting in Orlando this week.

For the press release, visit: http://www.cap.org/apps/docs/snomed/documents/surescripts.pdf